These camps are often unsafe for women and girls, especially if they walk around at night or travel long distances to collect firewood or water. To help prevent violence, the IRC has distributed 12,000 'dignity kits' with funding from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO). The kits help women and girls stay safe, and include torches, whistles and hygiene materials that allow them to wash in private rather than risk physical or sexual violence at communal and unprotected creeks. Over the past 12 months the IRC has also provided life-saving care to more than 2,700 women and girls who have been raped or abused.

The DRC is the world's least developed country in terms of life expectancy, education and standard of living. Around 200,000 people still live in camps after fleeing fighting in and around Goma, eastern Congo at the end of 2012.