Since April, rebel groups have been tightening their grip on the region as civilians suffer profound abuses.
In 2009, celebrity photographer Rankin returned to Congo where he captured the love stories and portraits of people struggling through years of conflict in the eastern provinces.
Oxfam's striking short film, shot in eastern Congo in 2008, elevates the stories of women working to overcome brutality and asks viewers to take action by joining a growing community of people who will not stand by any longer.
A new wave of atrocities hits villagers as fighting continues between the Congolese army and a rebel group in eastern Congo.
Helen Hawking, Oxfam's public health coordinator in eastern Congo, relates her day-by-day experiences coping with the crisis.
Humanitarian press officer Rebecca Wynn reports from eastern Congo, where a wave of violence has forced more than 250,000 people to flee their homes since August.