Insecurity continues to take its toll in the DRC. After 20 years of successive conflicts, an estimated 1.5 million people in the DRC have been displaced from their homes. One advocate urges humanitarian organizations to teach displaced girls the basic trades so they can earn money and avoid resorting to survival sex.
Sexual violence against women and children is a major problem in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The commander of a local civilian police unit, which works to curb violence and bring offenders to justice, sat down with GPJ for a Q&A to talk about his efforts.
Each month, there are about four murders in Kirumba, a rural community of about 35,000. In response to the chaos that has become a way of life here, a community group called Silwamughuma was formed a year ago, so far helping more than 40 families as they mourn their loved ones.
The Congo Wars, which devastated Democratic Republic of the Congo in the late 1990s, continue to affect citizens’ access to civil services and their ability to register for birth certificates. Now, humanitarian organizations are encouraging citizens to register by raising awareness about just how much that document can do.
Conflict that’s been consistent in this region since the 1990s has caused parents and children to lose one another in the chaos. Radio announcements are one local method of reuniting separated family members, and large aid agencies are also working to identify lost children and reunite them with their families.
A new initiative in Zambia aims to connect the police with the public by providing direct phone lines to local police stations. But the phone numbers do little good when callers from unplanned settlements report crimes in progress – and police can’t find their homes.
Transgender people in Argentina face rampant discrimination when looking for work and even after they’re hired. But transgender people and other activists are opening new fronts in the battle against bias, including a bill that would mandate a national hiring quota of transgender people for civil service positions.
In Democratic Republic of Congo, drivers are reluctant to take their vehicles for official routine inspections because the price is too high. But poor maintenance has resulted in shoddy vehicles, the use of which can have deadly consequences.
In Uganda, the government allocates funds to villages to address various infrastructure repairs. Yet in one village, a major crossing point remains unfixed, and children are missing out on school because of it.
Violence is nothing new for the area around the Line of Control, the demarcation dividing the Pakistani and Indian-administered sections of Kashmir. But for the people who live there, life in the crossfire takes a steep toll on their lives.