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Oxfam in the Democratic Republic of Congo

A child collects water from an Oxfam water point. The provision of clean water and sanitation is a big focus of Oxfam's work in DR Congo. Photo: Liz Lucas/Oxfam America

Nearly 1 million people have been forced to flee their homes in the first six months of 2017, due to a vicious conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, yet this latest disaster has so far attracted little international aid or attention.

The total number of people displaced in Congo is 3.8 million making it the largest displacement crisis in Africa. It is also home to nearly 500,000 refugees from Burundi, Central Africa Republic and South Sudan. Over 1.5 million hungry people in the country are one step away from famine.


Oxfam is helping more than 430,000 people in the DRC, providing them with clean water, sanitation and food (cash transfers and seeds for crops). In response to the Kasai crisis, Oxfam has set up a base in Tshikapa and is providing water and sanitation to people forced to flee their homes.

A donation to Oxfam's Emergency Fund can help us respond to disasters and emergencies as soon as possible. 

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From our staff

Emeline Elukesu, Public health engineer assistant

 I joined the OXFAM team in the DRC by doing a paid internship for future female engineers. I learned about WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) structures and activities, water sources implementation, the construction of wells, water supply, latrines and showers.

I am now an engineer assistant.I have a lot of challenges, especially with the difficult security environment that is constantly changing, but I love this job very much. 


In 2015-16 Oxfam helped:

1,700,000
people in
DR Congo

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