The Forgotten: Refugees in DRC Congo

Year: 2018

In March of this year we joined Stichting Vluchteling (SV) and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) once again (in 2015 we traveled to Iraq for the production of The Pursuit of Happiness), this time to one of the most problematic countries in Africa – if not the world – DRC Congo.

Here, we visited several refugee camps in the Kivu province; one of the provinces struck hard by outbreaks of violence.

The situation in Congo is extremely urgent: approximately 4.5 million people are IDP’s: Internally Displaced People. They are refugees in their own country, receiving zero help from their government thus relying completely on help from civilians and ngo’s like SV and IRC.

DRC Congo has been in an ongoing crisis for multiple decades. Perhaps this is why we tend to forget it altogether. But the people there are in dire need of aid. Families have been torn apart, young girls are being held as sex-slaves, children are dying from TB and cholera.

Experience the intense stories of Yumba and Chungu; two girls struggling to find a life after being traumatized by the consequences of war.

Client: Stichting Vluchteling / The International Rescue Committee
Production Company: VR Gorilla
Director: Peter van Apeldoorn & Daan Tan
DOP: Daan Tan & Peter van Apeldoorn
Audio & sounddesign: Spook

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