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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

An Africa Policy Breakfast - Crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 8:00am
The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Room HVC 201 A/B
Washington DC, DC 20515
United States

The Democratic Republic of Congo is experiencing a major crisis. In 2017, two million people were driven from their homes, the number of internally displaced persons swelled to nearly four and a half million, and more than 600,000 Congolese fled the country due to political unrest and ongoing conflicts in Eastern Congo.  Reportedly, at least 13 million Congolese are in need of humanitarian assistance, including more than 7 million people without access to food. Women and girls have suffered horrific sexual and gender-based violence. Additionally, continued delays in holding elections have increased tensions and unrest.

The ongoing instability and humanitarian crisis in sub-Saharan Africa’s largest country has implications for the entire region. This Africa Policy Breakfast, hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus Foreign Affairs & National Security Task Force, will consider options for how the region and international community should respond to the deteriorating situation in the DRC.