Democratic Republic of Congo

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: 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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