A day in Lubero DRC
I made the trip from Goma to Lubero to meet with the nutrition manager Bienfait Mmbakwa. Bienfait has worked for Save the Children since 2005, he worked in Chad and Mynamar before returning to his home country, Congo. Bienfait told me the best part of his job is to see children getting well again and to see them smile, because then you know you have done your job.
The purpose of my trip was to discuss Information Management and monitoring and evaluating tools but I also got the chance to visit some of the programme work which certainly gave me a better understanding of how the programme works and the importance this work has for the population in Lubero.
Currently just south of Lubero there is increased fighting and attacks on civilians and villages by armed forces, namely clashes between FARDC (Forces Armees de la Republique Democratique du Congo) and FDLR (Forces democratiques de Liberation du Rwanda). This has led to people fleeing their homes through fear of attack, taking with them only what they can carry. When there are such movements in population, women and children are often the groups who are most vulnerable. Children are at risk of becoming separated from their families and those that care about them, left to fend for themselves. Families struggle everyday to meet basic needs for survival, such as clean water and enough food for everyone.