‘We are entirely exploitable’: The lack of protection for civilians in eastern DRC

Look Inside ‘We are entirely exploitable’: The lack of protection for civilians in eastern DRC
14 pages

Publication date
28 Jul 2011

ISBN
9781848149236

Publisher
Oxfam International

Series
Oxfam Briefing Notes

Type
Policy paper

Each year Oxfam undertakes a far-reaching survey of unheard, conflict-affected people in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Three-quarters of the 1,705 people polled in 2011 said that they felt their security had not improved since last year. In areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), this figure rose to 90 per cent, with communities telling Oxfam that they felt abandoned, isolated, and vulnerable. Communities everywhere painted a grim picture of continued abuse of power by militias, the Congolese army, and other government authorities, wearing away their livelihoods and ability to cope.

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