Have You Heard About What’s Happening in Kasaï?

A deadly crisis is raging in DR Congo’s Kasaï region, yet few people have even heard about it.

A deadly crisis is raging in DR Congo’s Kasaï region, yet few people have even heard about it.

What’s going on? Since August 2016, more than 1.4 million people have been displaced due to conflict between militia and government forces. Over 80 mass graves have been discovered. Families caught in the crossfire are suffering, with severe humanitarian needs.

With this in mind, it’s my hope that people will soon come to understand that:

  • The crisis in Kasaï is new – it is not part of the chronic crisis that continues in eastern DR Congo.
  • The crisis in Kasaï is severe – over 1.4 million people displaced: by comparison, the highly-visible Rohingya crisis has displaced an estimated 655,000 people so far.
  • The scope and effectiveness of the humanitarian response rests in the hands of donors who choose to support Medair and other organisations working to relieve the suffering of those affected.

Medair has determined that our support is best targeted towards health facilities in the Kasaï region, with a particular focus on nutrition services. Although funding remains a critical challenge, we have established a base in the region and are prepared to begin providing aid as soon as we are able.

We invite you to stand with us in bringing life-saving aid to the most vulnerable in this most neglected regionPlease consider a donation today.


Medair’s work in DR Congo is made possible with support from Agence de l’eau Rhône Méditerranée Corse (FR), EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid, EO Metterdaad (NL), Medicor Foundation (LI), Mercy Corps (US), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, UN Development Programme, US Agency for International Development, GvC-Winterthur (CH), United Nations Children’s Fund, and generous private donors.

This content was produced with resources gathered by Medair field and headquarters staff. The views expressed herein are those solely of Medair and should not be taken, in any way, to reflect the official opinion of any other organisation.