A desperate and largely unknown humanitarian crisis is deteriorating in the Lake Chad Basin region of West Africa, forcing millions of people to flee their homes and leaving millions more in need of humanitarian assistance. Oxfam is providing life-saving support but help is urgently needed to prevent the crisis turning into a catastrophe.
Over the past two decades, the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo has destroyed lives and killed 5.4 million people.
Extreme levels of violence have created an endless cycle of poverty and fear.
Rape is the weapon of choice for most armed groups.
On October 17, 2010, 20,000 women and men participated in a march in Bukavu to demand economic and social changes, demilitarization and the end of rape as a weapon of war. Women travelled from 41 countries to attend the march and stand in solidarity with the Congolese. Oxfam and our partners joined the march.
Act now to help make the people in the DR Congo safer.