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.
Burkina Faso is the fourth largest gold producer in Africa just behind South Africa, Ghana and Mali! Between 2009 and 2012 gold mining represented, 26% of GDP and 45% of exports. The revenue derived from gold mining evidently does not benefit the people.
A new era of high and volatile food prices is causing life-changing shifts in society, according to Oxfam and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in a joint report published today.