Since 1998, an estimated 5.4 million people have lost their lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in the deadliest conflict since the Second World War. An upsurge in fighting in July 2013 has caused mass displacement and forced around 66,000 people (Red Cross figures) to flee across the border to neighbouring Uganda where many are in need of basic supplies and services.
Oxfam is deeply concerned about the humanitarian impact of the fighting. People face killings, rape, abductions, torture, and economic exploitation, at the hands of many different armed groups, including their own government and security forces.
What Oxfam is doing
Oxfam is working in camps for Internally Displaced People (IDPs) near Goma like Bulengo (pictured). As of the end of February 2013, we were reaching around 150,000 people in North Kivu with clean water and sanitation, the provision of community services, and delivering food programmes in some camps.
In western Uganda, Oxfam is working to provide water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in Bubukwanga transit centre where nearly 17,000 people are thought to be sheltering. Oxfam is delivering 80,000 litres of water to the transit centre every day and has set up water storage tanks, pipes and tap stands to ensure refugees have safe access to clean water. Alongside the UN and other aid agencies, we are working to establish adequate toilets and bathing shelters, as well as promoting good hygiene practices.
Update: 31 July 2013