At any given time, we are responding to over 30 emergency situations. We provide life-saving essentials in the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster and to people affected by conflict, as well as long-term development support. You can help.
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
We’re currently responding in the territory of Beni, province of North Kivu, where an Ebola epidemic is still spreading. So far, 1,000 cases have been reported and 629 people have died. The virus has emerged in locations places where access is extremely challenging due to the presence of armed rebel groups.
We have reached over 367,616 people in Beni, Ituri and Goma, by providing clean, safe water, installing handwashing and water chlorination points, as well as showers and latrines. We’re also working with local community leaders and volunteers to improve hygiene practices and prevent the spread of the disease.
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. 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.