UNICEF DRC Annual Report 2018
Beyond the challenges of long-term development, the country faces one of the world’s largest and most complex humanitarian crises.
Second largest country on the African continent, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has an estimated population of 85 million people, of which 56% are children. Despite its wealth in natural resources and potential for economic development, the DRC is one of the poorest countries in the world. Nearly 80% of children in the DRC are faced with at least two major deprivations of their rights. Gender-based discrimination is widespread in the lives of women and girls.
Beyond the challenges of long-term development, the country faces one of the world’s largest and most complex humanitarian crises. Conflicts, violence, natural disasters and epidemics have a devastating effect on children. Children are under direct attack and are denied their basic rights.