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.

Awareness raising exercise, in case of an attack by LRA men, held by members of the local protection committee and womens association in Bangadi village, DRC

Blog: Living in the shadow of the LRA

In the village of Bangadi, in Congo's north-eastern Orientale province, you don't have to look hard to see the impact that the vicious rebel group, the Lord's Resistance Army, the LRA, has had on the community.

The village, close to the border with Sudan, where the LRA is also active, is surrounded by forest and hard to protect. 

Photo: Oxfam protection officer Jeremie Kaomba speaking at a workshop.

Blog: DRC: Trying to build security where fear prevails

Eastern Congo is supposed to be at peace. But life for civilians in Mweso health zone, Masisi territory, North Kivu, is anything but peaceful.

Although a peace agreement was signed three years ago, ongoing instability, violence, a worsening humanitarian situation and festering ethnic tensions continue to make life precarious for civilians.

Marie-Paul Kimakosa, 18, with her two sons Emmanuel Mbolina and Mado. Photo: Simon Rawles/Oxfam

Blog: Protecting civilians must be at the heart of counter-LRA intervention

President Obama’s decision earlier this month to deploy approximately 100 US troops to central Africa in support of regional efforts to defeat the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has attracted both praise and criticism. As one of the only international NGOs providing humanitarian aid in LRA-affected areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Oxfam’s primary concern is that any efforts to address the LRA learn from the mistakes of

Blog: DRC: A Christmas of fear in the heart of Africa

Marcel Stoessel visited the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where people terrorized by the Lord’s Resistance Army live in fear.

Blog: Killing in the Congo: What can a person can do to get her love back?

Last month I was in Ruzizi plain, in South Kivu, in one of the villages where thousands of displaced people are trying to survive far from their houses, their farms and for many of them, far from the only place they will ever call home.

Blog: DR Congo: These children are at school, but they get no education

Oxfam press officer Rebecca Wynn reflects on one of Congo’s hidden tragedies – the wasted potential of people trapped by relentless conflict.

The children I am meeting here in Kibati are at school, but they get no education. The school is where they sleep. It’s their home. Ever since they fled from the violence in their villages, it’s where they have slept, with leaves as their mattresses and their bodies snuggled close.


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