Deep scars, fragile hope for Congolese refugees in Angola
28 March 2018
  • The conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is one of the most neglected crises in the world. Antone, 50, was shot as she fled an attack in the country’s Kasai region. Her husband and children were killed. © UNFPA Angola/Tiril Skarstein

  • Tens of thousands of refugees are now living in the Lóvua settlement in Angola. UNFPA is providing services for women and girls, including reproductive health care and safe spaces. © UNFPA Angola/Tiril Skarstein

  • Scars from the conflict run deep. Felikanko, 44, lost many family members. Today, she helps care for a boy whose mother was killed. “Now I am responsible for looking after him.” © UNFPA Angola/Tiril Skarstein

  • Refugees can receive referrals to medical care and counselling from UNFPA’s safe spaces. UNFPA also provides post-rape treatment kits and trainings for local health workers. © UNFPA Angola/Tiril Skarstein

  • Marie-Claire works at one of the UNFPA spaces, educating refugees about women’s health and rights. The space also offers games and social activities. © UNFPA Angola/Tiril Skarstein

  • These activities give women and girls a sense of community and a distraction from their worries. © UNFPA Angola/Tiril Skarstein

  • Classes are also offered. This session on maternal health provides information on how to safely manage a pregnancy, as well as where to deliver and how to access family planning. © UNFPA Angola/Tiril Skarstein

  • Still, the shadow of the conflict looms large. “We lost everything. Everything was left behind,” said Dadi Ndaia, 28, who has started a makeshift restaurant in the Lóvua settlement. © UNFPA Angola/Tiril Skarstein

  • The small business helps feed her children. But she still thinks about the home they left behind. “I wish people in power knew how badly we need the peace to return,” Dadi Ndaia said. © UNFPA Angola/Tiril Skarstein

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