Democratic Republic of Congo

Oxfam staff inform communities about the symptoms and precautions to take for Ebola, in Mangina, DRC. Photo: John Wessels/Oxfam

Blog: How to Build Community Trust to Fight Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The world’s second-biggest Ebola outbreak is still raging in DRC. Research has shown that distrust is one of the biggest obstacles in this Ebola fight. Oxfam’s Andrea Vera Nava outlines three ways to work with local communities to build their trust and increase the success of an Ebola response in a conflict context.

Therese, an Oxfam Public Health Promoter cleaning latrines in Kalunga IDP camp, DRC. Credit: Diana Zeyneb Alhindawi/Oxfam

Blog: Fighting to keep disease at bay in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Conflict has forced Therese and hundreds of thousands more people to flee their homes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Oxfam is providing clean water, sanitation, public health training – including to Therese, who is now working daily to help others stay healthy.

Rena Christo, de 33 años, con su hijo Justin, de 9 meses. Foto: Oxfam

Blog: Voces de África: la Unión Africana cumple 50 años

Me he pasado tres días en la capital de África, Addis Abea, sede de la Unión Africana. Durante este tiempo, ha habido una intensa actividad al margen de la cumbre de la UA, pero he encontrado algún momento para poder explicar el trabajo de Oxfam a varia gente. Los tres días concluyeron con una actividad a la cual asistí llamada “50 lugares, 50 voces”, organizada por el equipo de Derechos en situación de Crisis de Oxfam.

Rena Christo, 33 and her son Justin, 9 months. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: Voices from Africa: the African Union at 50

I recently spent three days in Africa’s capital, Addis Ababa, the seat of the African Union. During this time, there was a flurry of activity in the margins of the AU summit but I found my own space to talk to various people about Oxfam’s work. The three days were concluded by attending an activity called “50 Voices, 50 Places”, organized by Oxfam’s Rights in Crisis team.

What next for Congo after politics got in the way of peace?

Blog: What next for Congo after politics got in the way of peace?

Political disputes have delayed a peace deal that could potentially affect millions of lives. As attention on the crisis in eastern DRC wanes, the humanitarian situation remains dire. We must ensure that this golden opportunity for peace is not lost for ever.

Blog: “I miss my husband” – DRC refugees seek safety in Uganda

As vast swathes of eastern DRC descend further into chaos with little government or security presence, people continue to flee to escape killing, rape, looting and extortion committed by rebel militia. In Uganda, more than 1,000 people are arriving each week to the Rwamwanja refugee settlement, now home to more than 20,000 refugees, with a further 10,000 people waiting in the Nyakabanda transit camp on the DRC border.

Displaced woman and children in Kibati camp, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Credit: Oxfam

Blog: The growing crisis in Africa's Great Lakes region

More people are displaced in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) right now than at any time over the past three years, and tens of thousands more people have fled to neighboring countries. Oxfam’s Policy Advisor in DRC, Samuel Dixon, explains the current crisis and what the international community can do to help ease the suffering: 

Kibati, en las afueras de Goma, República Democrática del Congo. Foto: Oxfam

Blog: La crisis aumenta en la Región de los Grandes Lagos africana

En estos momentos hay más personas desplazadas en la República Democrática del Congo (RDC) que en los últimos tres años, y hay decenas de miles de personas que han dejado sus hogares y puesto rumbo a los países vecinos. El responsable de incidencia política de Oxfam en la República Democrática del Congo, Samuel Dixon, nos explica la crítica situación actual y qué puede hacer la comunidad internacional para mitigar el sufrimiento de las personas afectadas. 

Thousands of people are now seeking refuge in Kibati camp, Goma, DRC. Photo: Marie Cacace/Oxfam

Blog: Fatou’s story: Searching for safety in the DRC

A surge in violence in eastern DR Congo has forced tens of thousands of people to flee. Many, like Fatou, have arrived in the Kibati camp on the edge of Goma.

In late June, Fatou, her husband and three children escaped their terrorised town of Kalengera and hid in the bush, taking with them only the clothes on their backs.

Blog: DRC: Promoting hygiene behind the (prison) walls

I’ve often had to document Oxfam’s hygiene promotion activities in communities, schools, markets and other public places. But never a prison. Until now.

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