These are some of the harsh realities children of DRC have to live with.
We are aware we cannot change the continent, however our objective is to branch out and make a positive change were we can.
Today, in the Democratic Republic of Congo over 6 million children receive no education. Despite global recognition of the importance of education in emergency situations education still remains greatly underfunded.
Lack of education increases poverty and encourages criminal activities in order to survive.
Less than a quarter of people have proper sanitation facilities and less then half have access to clean water. However; the greatest threat to health is malaria. In 2009, there were over 6.7 million cases of malaria. Additionally almost half of the infant mortality rate in DR Congo are often linked to malnutrition, and also by a lack of Vitamin A, zinc or iron.
Research from the American journal of Public Health, states that in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 1,152 women are raped every day, 48 every hour, taking it to a total of 12% of the female population been raped at least once.
Every day over 25,0000 child soliders arm themselves in some of the most gruesome wars on the planet. The leading country with around 10% of the world child soliders is the Democratic Republic of Congo. Recruits are often kidnapped from their homes, having their families murdered leaving nothing to escape to; other's volunteer to escape poverty, whilst often being drugged with cocaine and heroin to ensure that they are dependent on their Warlord.
Article 444 of Congo Family code states that; "A wife owes her obedience to her husband." Marital rape is not considered an offence in the DRC. Research has called domestic violence "very prevalent" in the Democratic Republic of Congo. According to several studies conducted in 2011, intimate partner sexual violence is the most pervasive form of violence against women in all areas of the DRC, with reports by 31% of women.
In addition to this over 150,000 women and girls have been victims of rape, sexual violence and around 66, 000 children under the age of 14 have HIV.