Idjwi Island is saddled between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the middle of Lake Kivu. At 70km (43.5 miles) in length and with an area of 340 sq. kilometers or 131 sq. miles (half the size of Delaware), it is the second largest inland island in Africa and the tenth largest in the world.
Idjwi is described as “Africa’s Forgotten Island” for good reason.Idjwi_map_small The Island people have been surrounded for years by war, but have always been spared the violence. Unfortunately, they have also been spared assistance. Although many international organizations are active in Eastern Congo, there is virtually no support for the Idjwi Community.