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.
Oxfam campaigners across the world ‘land grabbed’ famous landmarks on 7 February, to raise awareness about the impact of land grabs. Browse and share these images and get the World Bank to take action, now.
What you can do
- Share the images on Twitter and social media, and ask @WorldBank to put a hold on land deals.
- Sign the petition to Jim Kim, World Bank president, and ask the World Bank to freeze its investment in land deals.
Why we’re doing this
Imagine if a place you love in your local area was taken from you and sold off. No warnings. No compensation. And nothing you could do about it. You’d be outraged. You’d call it an injustice. But this is the reality for thousands of families across Africa and beyond.
Right now, companies are buying up huge areas of land across the world. The trouble is, too often these deals lead to land grabs – which force farmers from their land and homes, and leave them with no way to grow food or earn a living.
What needs to happen
We need the World Bank to help stop land grabs. It funds some big land deals, and can influence how land is bought and sold. So it has an incredible opportunity to ensure that land deals benefit local farmers and their communities. As a first step, we want the World Bank President, Jim Kim, to freeze the bank's investment in land and set a fair standard for others to follow.
We’re close to a breakthrough
With your help, we’ve been focusing our efforts on the World Bank since October. And we’ve already got their attention. They’ve been talking to us on social media and at meetings, too. They’re taking positive steps, but they’ve yet to take decisive action. And that’s why we’re asking for your help today.