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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

The already dire situation in DRC continues to deteriorate. Along with Oxfam's ongoing work in the Kivu regions, and in Tanganyika (where half a million people fled their homes following violence) we're now also establishing an office in the Kasai province. Previously stable, there's no humanitarian presence in the area where recent fighting has led to large-scale displacements. And this is in an area where food security was already at emergency levels.

There are serious problems accessing many in need, making any response very challenging. Because of this, we're beginning our response with 'drop and go' food distributions. We're then aiming to provide water, sanitation, livelihood and protection support to 50,000 affected people in the province.

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From our staff

Blaise Kibiswa, Head of the Education Project

 In 2010, I spent time working in the city of Mbandaka. While I was there, I was in charge of re-opening the Oxfam office which had closed during the conflict in the DRC. As part of my role, I helped to finish work which had been halted - constructing three schools, building wells and installing water sources.

It wasn't an easy task, but after a tough time we were able to stabilise the situation and restart the activities that Oxfam had been involved in. The efforts of my colleagues at that time were extraordinary. It was a real victory for the Oxfam family.



Full details of what Oxfam is doing in the DRC (PDF, 672KB)

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