Crisis in Democratic Republic of Congo

Francoise lost six children in the conflict in DRC. She has been displaced to a camp in Bunia with her five remaining children after their village was attacked. Photo: John Wessels/Oxfam
Francoise lost six children in the conflict in DRC. She has been displaced to a camp in Bunia with her five remaining children after their village was attacked. Photo: John Wessels/Oxfam

Urgent action is needed now in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Millions of people have been forced from their homes due to conflict and are in dire need of humanitarian assistance. Oxfam is there supplying emergency food and clean water. With your help we can save more lives.

Millions facing severe hunger

Fighting has forced four million people to leave their homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo, making it the largest displacement crisis in Africa. Most of the affected people have received no outside help, while local communities have generously taken people in and offered the modest help they can. 

The conflict has led to an eight-fold increase in hunger. Three full farming seasons have been missed, leading to severe food shortages. Millions still do not have access to clean water, drinking instead from unprotected water sources.

13 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, including more than seven million suffering from acute hunger.

While 400,000 children are reported to be severely malnourished in the Greater Kasai region, further delay in delivering aid will lead to higher levels of mortality and serious stunting.

The resurgence of Ebola

In April and May 2018, an Ebola outbreak in the northwest of the country led to more than 50 cases of the disease and more than 20 deaths. We have helped over 96,000 people with clean water, food assistance and hygiene kits, and taught them how to improve hygiene and prevent the spread of the disease.

We’re currently responding in the territory of Beni, province of North Kivu, where a new epidemic has been declared. The virus has now emerged in locations places where access is extremely challenging due to the presence of armed rebel groups. 97 people have died since the outbreak began on the 1st August. We are already helping over 138,000 people, by providing clean, safe water and working with local community leaders and volunteers to increase understanding of how to prevent Ebola.

Oxfam is helping local communities by constructing latrines and digging boreholes to provide clean safe water. Photo: Diana Zeyneb Alhindawi/Oxfam

Emergency food, water and sanitation: Oxfam's response

Oxfam is helping more than 400,000 people in the DRC. Our priority is to provide clean water and sanitation facilities to displaced people and hosting communities to prevent the spread of disease. In collaboration with the World Food Program, we are distributing emergency food to 100,000 people.

We are also implementing short-term strategies to enable the most vulnerable households to meet their needs. We’re providing seeds for crops, running ‘cash for work’ programs and distributing cash and vouchers to allow people to buy food and basic necessities, while promoting local business.

With your help we can save lives today.