"Music is everything to me. Music has the power to change people... When I'm in trouble I take my guitar and sing. I can forget all of my worries when I'm playing. When I'm sick, playing my guitar makes me feel better. I have had to run from my village three times because of the war. I leave everything behind except my guitar: I couldn't leave it behind. Even if it's dangerous I always go home and take my guitar before I run."
Alfredo, a guitarist from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) - one of the toughest places on earth to call home. Since 1998, more than five million people have died as a result of conflict here - and war continues to devastate the east of this vast country. Most people have been killed not by the fighting, however, but by the malnutrition and disease it has caused. The scale of suffering is immense. And yet beyond the horror, hope remains because of people like Alfredo.
The money you've raised from your Oxjam event will be used to help people in places like the DRC. It will be used to help change the lives of people who are surviving in the worst situations imaginable.
We can't thank you enough.