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