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Democratic Republic of Congo: Supporting women's rights and addressing the root causes of the conflict

Blog: Democratic Republic of Congo: Supporting women's rights and addressing the root causes of the conflict

With just 48 hours to visit the Democratic Republic of Congo, there was no time to lose once we crossed the border into Goma from Rwanda. I was travelling with Mark Goldring of Oxfam GB and Robbert van den Berg, the regional director for Oxfam Novib. Our mission was to visit our humanitarian programs, and assess progress since the signing of a major regional peace accord last year.

Still living in fear in the Congo

Blog: Still living in fear in the Congo

This post comes to us from Jean Pierre Buledi, Program Officer/Research and Documentation, with Oxfam's local partner in the DRC, The Centre for Documentation and Civic Education (CEDAC).

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.

Foto: un niño lavándose las manos en un punto de agua

Blog: Ruanda: agua potable para cientos de refugiados y refugiadas de la RDC

Ruanda es conocida como el país de las mil colinas, pero al llegar a Kigeme no estaba preparada para lo que significaba un campo de refugiados que aloja a más de 14.000 personas. Decir que el campo es sorprendente es quedarme corta: miles de tiendas se encuentran ordenadas en filas enclavadas en dos colinas, una de las cuales es tan empinada, que sólo se pueden instalar tiendas en tres cuartas partes de sus laderas

Photo: A boy is washing his hands at a water point.

Blog: Rwanda: Safe water for thousands of Congolese refugees

Rwanda is famous as the country of a thousand hills, but arriving in Kigeme I wasn’t quite prepared for what that meant for a refugee camp hosting more than 14,000 people. To say the camp is striking is no understatement – thousands of shelters lie in neat rows on ridges dug into two hills, one of which is so steep it can only house shelters on three quarters of its slopes.

Nyirahabimana dice que su principal preocupación es la higiene. Foto: Janna Hamilton/Oxfam

Blog: Búsqueda del agua: responsabilidad de niño. La vida de la población congoleña refugiada en Uganda

Como el conflicto en el este de la República Democrática del Congo se ha agravado en los últimos meses, las personas continúan huyendo hacia la frontera con Uganda. Oxfam está suministrando agua potable y saneamiento en el campo de Rwamwanja, ahora hogar de más de 25.000 personas.

Nyirahabimana says her biggest concern is sanitation. Photo: Janna Hamilton/Oxfam

Blog: Collecting water – a child’s burden: DRC refugees in Uganda

As conflict in eastern DRC has worsened in the past few months, people continue to flee across the border to Uganda. Oxfam is delivering clean water and sanitation in the Rwamwanja camp, now home to upwards of 25,000 refugees.

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.

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