• Crisis Severity ?
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Impact ?
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Humanitarian Conditions ?
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Complexity ?
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Access Constraints ?
    No constraints
    Extreme constraints

Key figures

  • 99,490,000 Total population [?]
  • 43,245,000 People affected [?]
  • 8,470,000 People displaced [?]
  • 23,435,000 People in Need [?]

Special Reports




A complex emergency has persisted in DRC for more than 20 years. Population displacement is frequent and repeated, and mostly driven by armed clashes and intercommunal violence between foreign, self-defence, and other armed groups. More than 5 million people are internally displaced. The situation in the eastern provinces remains particularly volatile; humanitarian needs are projected to be higher in 2021 than at the beginning of 2020, as displaced and local populations are faced with violence, food insecurity, floods, disease outbreaks, and the secondary effects of COVID-19 restrictions. 1,315 extrajudicial killings by armed groups were reported in the first half of 2020 – three times the number recorded during the same period in 2019. Over 934,000 refugees from DRC live in African host countries. DRC also hosts about 527,000 refugees, mainly from Rwanda, Central African Republic, Congo, and Angola.?

19.6 million people – 29% of the analysed population – are projected to need food assistance for the January–June 2021 period. This is an increase from the 13.56 million (28% of the analysed population) in the same period last year. It is, however, a decrease from the July–December 2020 period (21.8 million, or 33% of the analysed population), mainly because predictions for the January–June 2021 period include the easing of COVID-19 restrictions and favourable weather conditions. Insecurity, displacement, and poor transport infrastructure will continue to hamper the population’s access to food.?

Latest Developments


Some 50,000 people have arrived in Bas Uele and Nord Ubangi provinces as at 15 January, fleeing insecurity associated with the 27 December general election in the Central African Republic. Ndu (Bas Uele), a village that normally has a population of 3,500, hosted 15,000 of these arrivals as at 6 January. New arrivals are sheltering with host families or in makeshift tents along the Ubangi River. WASH and shelter needs are reported; health assistance is also needed as some host villages lack healthcare facilities. At least 220 arrivals have been reported at the Kpako and Kokou sites (Nord Ubangi) located on islets in the Ubangi River, making humanitarian access challenging. Some arrivals in Sud Ubangi did not register as refugees, because they want to return to CAR if the situation improves. DRC was already hosting 171,000 refugees from CAR as at 30 November 2020. ?

ACAPS' team is daily monitoring the impact of COVID-19. Find more information related to the outbreak here.

Humanitarian Access


Very high constraints

The security situation remains volatile because of armed clashes and inter-ethnic conflicts, particularly in Nord-Kivu, Sud-Kivu, and Ituri. Insecurity hampers the population’s access to services and aid, as attacks often displace people from towns and villages into the forest and other remote areas. Main roads in the eastern provinces are targets of violence, hindering the freedom of movement of people in need. People are also required to pay to pass through checkpoints, which are set up both by security forces and armed groups. NGOs have reported difficulties in their registration process and in obtaining visas. Humanitarian operations are sometimes temporarily suspended because of violence. In some areas, access is subject to extensive negotiations with several parties. Armed groups ambush and rob aid convoys and abduct aid workers for ransom. Four humanitarian workers were killed between April–Sep-tember 2020. Certain areas can be completely cut off from road access when flooding occurs. Poor road conditions, including large stretches of unpaved road, limit travel, particularly for heavy vehicles used for transporting aid

Read more in the latest ACAPS Humanitarian Access Overview.

Key Priorities


Health: Displacement often leads to the loss or deterioration of access to health services. Poor WASH infrastructure contributes to the spread and risk of outbreaks of communicable diseases such as measles, cholera, malaria, Ebola, and COVID-19.

Protection: Protection concerns remain high, particularly among IDPs, returnees, refugees, and host communities. Those who commit protection violations often go unpunished and victims have limited access to support structures. Reported GBV incidents increased by 86% between January–September 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. This increase can likely be attributed to continued violence and displacement and COVID-19-related restrictions, as well as increased public awareness and operational capacity which have allowed for increased reporting of GBV cases.

Food security: Conflict and displacement are the main drivers of food insecurity. Seasonal floods, along with crop and animal diseases, further affect livelihoods. Poor road infrastructure limits access to markets. ?