The biggest conflict in the world
Since 1998, an estimated 5.4 million people have lost their lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in the deadliest conflict since the Second World War.
We are deeply concerned about the humanitarian impact of the recent escalation fighting, the worst it has been in years. People face killings, rape, abductions, torture, and economic exploitation, at the hands of many different armed groups, including their own government and security forces.
(Oxfam International’s web site)
Voice of Congo
: Testimonies of people who have fled the conflict
Oxfam is there
Oxfam is working in eastern DRC, Rwanda and Uganda and aims to reach around 230,000 people affected by this new crisis. We have been responding to needs in IDP sites near Goma since July 2012. As of the end of February 2013, in North Kivu, we are reaching around 150,000 people - roughly 100,000 in and around Goma and 50,000 in Rubaya (Masisi territory) - with clean water and sanitation, and community services, and delivering food programs in some camps.
Water Tank at Mugunga 2 camp, Goma.The 94,000 cubic-meter Oxfam water tank, providing an unlimited supply of clean drinking water. Water is pumped directly from nearby Lake Kivu. It travels in endless supply through four kilometres of sophisticated underground piping, arriving in an enormous tank on the edge of the camp where it is treated with chlorine before being pumped out to the numerous tap stands dotted around the camp. This clean water supply has secured an end to countless deaths from cholera and diarrhoea and is helping to keep people alive.(Photo: ©Suzie O'Keefe/Oxfam)
Clean derinking water is provided at the tap stand in the camp. (Photo: ©Suzie O'Keefe/Oxfam)(Photo: ©Suzie O'Keefe/Oxfam)
Children washing their hands at the wash stand provided by Oxfam in Bulengo camp.(Wash stands are placed by every block of toilets to encourage people to wash their hands after using the toilet and prevent the spread of disease)(Photo: ©Suzie O'Keefe/Oxfam)
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