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.
Irregular rains in 2009 have led to a severe lack of pasture, water and a poor harvest in Niger. Oxfam is distributing food and supplies and buying weak livestock from herders at above market levels.
A structural vulnerability, the lack of rain and crop failure is leaving the central area of Chad in a critical situation of food security. Resources are scarce and ever more pressing needs.