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.
To provide water to over 45,000 displaced Congolese in the Bulengo Camp, in DRC, Oxfam set up a water piping system to pump water straight from Lake Kivu, into two 70,000-liter holding tanks and to the taps. We completed the new system in just six weeks.
This new system helps meet the daily water needs of the IDPs and helps preventing water-borne diseases like cholera.
We have been responding to humanitarian needs near Goma, in DRC, since July 2012, providing water and sanitation to displaced people that have fled the fighting, as well as protection services, and delivering food programs in some camps.
More on Oxfam's humanitarian response in the Democratic Republic of Congo