Change is afoot in the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where women are finding new power in working together to confront the challenges of life in an unstable region.
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.