The Democratic Republic of the Congo, also known as DR Congo, DRC, DROC, RDC, Congo-Kinshasa, or simply Congo, is a country located in Central Africa. From 1971 to 1997 it was known as Zaïre.
Sexual violence has been widely used as a weapon of war in the DRC. In 2011 the eastern provinces were found to have the highest prevalence of rape in the world.
Women in the DRC report that a failure to bring perpetrators of rape and sexual violence to justice reinforces a culture of violence against women.
Poverty and instability throughout the country means many families are unable to send their children to school and thousands of children are forced or recruited into armed conflict.
ADFA aims to stop this cycle by assisting with the education of women and children.