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.
Thousands of people are now seeking refuge in Kibati, Nyiragongo territory, on the outskirts of Goma, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Oxfam will be responding to the situation in Kibati camp by trucking clean water to the community living there.
The recent influx of internally displaced people here is the direct consequence of the conflict that continues to devastate the country. Oxfam's Marie Cacace reports from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The UN reports that more than two million people are now displaced across the DRC, the highest figure the country has seen since 2009. Hundreds of people continue to arrive each day in Kibati.
Photos: Marie Cacace/Oxfam, July 2012.