In the DR Congo, PAX operates in Ituri and Haut Uele. There we support local peace committees, facilitate dialogue between civilians, government and army about security problems and we carry out research on resources, arms and land conflicts.
We are also concerned with the conflict around Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army. He started his terror twenty years ago in Northern Uganda and since then has moved his activities to the borderlands between DR Congo, South Sudan and the Central African Republic.
During the years of LRA violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), communities suffered from large scale abductions of children, mutilations, killings, rapes, looting and destruction. Now, many ex-LRA members are returning to their families and communities, yet the relationship between them and the victims of violence is undoubtedly disturbed and social cohesion and trust is weak.
PAX seeks to improve the security and stability in Ituri (northeastern DRC), by addressing the root causes of conflict and by restoring trust between the local population and the Provincial government. Consortium partners IOM, VNG International and Cordaid support different local authorities, while PAX strengthens local peace- and security committees.