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DRC crisis

Over seven million people are in dire need of help in the Democratic Republic of Congo, millions are facing severe hunger.

Four million people have been forced to flee their homes due to a vicious conflict. The country is also suffering its worst ever outbreak of Ebola, which the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared a public health emergency of international concern.

Oxfam is there supplying clean water, food and hygiene kits.

You can help: donate to DRC now 


Last updated: 18/07/19

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Diana Zeyneb Alhindawi

Therese, an Oxfam public health promoter talking to a child in Kalunga camp, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Updates from Oxfam

The situation

Fighting has forced four million people to leave their homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo making it the largest displacement crisis in Africa. It is also home to nearly 500,000 refugees from Burundi, Central Africa Republic and South Sudan. Over seven million people are in dire need of humanitarian assistance. 

An Ebola outbreak that began in August 2018 in eastern DRC is now the largest ever in DRC and the second largest ever globally. This is the first time an Ebola outbreak has happened in a conflict setting. This means that bringing the Ebola outbreak under control even more challenging. There has now been a reported case in Goma, the largest city in eastern DRC and in the neighbouring country of Uganda. Therefore there is a critical need to bring the outbreak under control before it spreads further. To date there has been over 2,500 cases and 1,400 deaths.

On top of this three different conflicts in Kivu, Kasai and Tanganyika has caused millions of people to be displaced. Many people are in desperate need of food and have limited access to safe and clean water, shelter and toilets.

Millions still do not have access to clean water, drinking instead from unprotected water sources.

Oxfam's response

Oxfam is helping more than 400,000 people in the DRC, providing them with clean water, sanitation, cash transfers and seeds for crops. Oxfam is responding to all three displacement emergencies in the DRC.

Oxfam is providing emergency food, water and sanitation, essential household non-food items and helping to keep people safe from violence in Kasai province.

Ebola in DRC

Oxfam has helped over 120,000 people since the start of the Ebola response. The focus is both on providing physical support such as water and hand washing facilities but crucially engaging and talking to communities about the risks of Ebola and how to prevent transmission. 

The focus is both on providing physical support such as water and hand washing facilities but crucially engaging and talking to communities about the risks of Ebola and how to prevent transmission. Oxfam has chlorinated hundreds of water points to make sure they are safe and has put up hand washing stations at busy, communal areas. We are also educating communities on the risks of Ebola and what communities can do to minimise the risk of transmission.


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