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Ongoing conflict in the eastern part of the DRC has resulted in the loss of more lives than any other conflict since World War II – a reported 5.4 million since 1998 and in the last year alone, 2.7 million people were forced to flee their homes. According to the UNDP’s Human Development Index, DRC is the most underdeveloped country in the world.

The conflict has had the largest impact on women and children, and with an average of 48 women and girls raped every hour, it is one of the most dangerous countries for a woman to live. In some areas as many as 1 in 5 children die before the age of 5, most often due to preventable to diseases. Over 4 million children are orphaned. More than 25% of children ages 5 to 14 are already working. Tens of thousands of children in DRC have fled their families due to abuse or being accused of witchcraft, and most of these children now live on the streets of towns and cities, vulnerable to further violence and abuse. The 2008 Child Soldiers Global Report suggests that approximately 30,000 children were involved in armed forces and other militias at the end of 2003……