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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.

The government and international community have been slow to respond, in part because of the security situation. Most of the affected people have received no external help, while local communities have generously taken people in and offered the modest help they can. 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.

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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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