The genocide of 1994 in Rwanda has had tragic repercussions in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In South Kivu and North Kivu, armed groups and national security forces are tearing each other apart to gain control of the territory and of the mining and agricultural resources. Over a period of 20 years, the war in DRC has caused millions of direct and indirect victims, making it the deadliest conflict since the end of World War II. In a country where the judicial system is still highly dysfunctional, widespread impunity hinders the consolidation of the peace process.
Since 2014, TRIAL International runs a program to fight impunity and provide Congolese victims with assistance. It focuses its fight mainly on South Kivu and North Kivu in the east of the country. Bordering on Rwanda and Burundi, these provinces are the ones most affected by the conflict. Incessant fighting has been going on there since 1994 between the armed rebel factions and the national security forces. Civilians have often come under attack and tens of thousands of victims have been left in its wake.
Since the NGO opened its offices in Bukavu, it has formed a network of dependable partners. Together, they take all the necessary security precautions to ensure that activities run smoothly.