GOMA, 7 Jun – MapAction has deployed two mapping experts to support CAFOD’s conflict-related work in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The country has been ripped apart by ongoing conflict since 1998 and there has been an upsurge in violence in eastern provinces since the beginning of the year. It is estimated that 5.4 million have lost their lives as a result of the fighting – mostly from preventable diseases such as malaria, diarrhoea and malnutrition. Communities have been torn apart, homes burnt to the ground and thousands of women have been subjected to sexual violence. MapAction is working in partnership with CAFOD’s local partners to map conflict triggers, so steps can be taken to predict and pre-empt future outbreaks of violence.