In her thesis, Gloria Nguya investigates the experiences of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in urban areas.
On 12 July 2019, Gloria Nguya defended her thesis entitled 'Livelihood Strategies of Internally Displaced Persons in Urban Eastern DRC'.
She approaches IDPs as active agents in her exploration of their experiences with displacement in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), seeking to revise some of the common assumptions related to IDPs’ experiences.
She focuses on Easter DRC which, due to ongoing conflicts over the past 20 years, is DRC at the top of the list of countries where displacement is associated with conflict and violence. Her investigation considers how IDPs cope with the challenges of displacement and sustain their livelihoods in cities in this context of conflict and violence.
She finds that IDPs sustain their lives in cities with little humanitarian aid, getting assistance instead through kinship ties, acquaintances, organizations such as churches, and, more surprisingly, from local authorities.
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