Congo, The Democratic Republic of the

Peoples Under Threat Ranking:
#6
1

Communities at risk

Hema and Lendu, Hutu, Luba, Lunda, Tutsi/Banyamulenge, Batwa/Bambuti, other groups

Summary

In the wake of a rigged and long-delayed election in December 2018, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remains riven by conflict and instability. More than 140 armed groups, including government security forces and militias based in neighbouring countries, are active in central and eastern Congo. Various forces, including the Congolese army, have committed… Read more »

Peoples Under Threat Data

2019 Data Peoples under Threat value
Self-determination conflicts4
Major armed conflict2
Prior genocide / politicide1
Flight of refugees and IDPs0.1
Legacy of vengeance - group grievance10.0
Rise of factionalized elites9.8
Voice and Accountability-1.443
Political Stability-2.302
Rule of Law-1.690
OECD country risk classification7
TOTAL20.29

The overall measure for each country is based on a basket of 10 indicators. The number in each row is drawn from the source for that particular indicator. The sources of data and calculations used are detailed on the Notes to Table page. 

Background

In the wake of a rigged and long-delayed election in December 2018, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remains riven by conflict and instability. More than 140 armed groups, including government security forces and militias based in neighbouring countries, are active in central and eastern Congo. Various forces, including the Congolese army, have committed atrocities including massacres and recruitment of child soldiers. The year 2018 also saw an upsurge of violence in north-eastern Ituri province, where ethnic Lendu armed groups clashed with ethnic Hema and the Congolese army. The country holds more than 5 million displaced people from within and outside its borders, representing Africa’s largest displacement crisis. Authorities in Kinshasa have engineered internet and social media bans to assist in denying the severity of Congo’s enduring mismanagement and insecurity.