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.
In Uganda, Oxfam's focus is on supporting those affected by conflict, lobbying for peace, rights of nomadic herders, and livelihoods.
Uganda is faced with diverse challenges. In the north, recent decades have seen communities terrorized by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), forcing hundreds of thousands of people from their homes and destroying trade and livelihoods.
Pastoralist communities in the northeast have suffered years of neglect and an unfettered flow of arms through the porous borders with Sudan and Kenya. In the lush, mountainous southwest, climate change is posing serious threats to people’s access to water and farmland.
Calling for peace
- Up to two million people forced from their homes;
- 25,000 children abducted and forced to fight as child soldiers.
The LRA crisis in the north has recently eased and security has improved, but this in itself has brought new challenges. Whole swathes of the countryside have been emptied – communities are now starting to return to their homes, but they have little to return to. The villages have been neglected for years and people have little access to basic services. An entire generation has been traumatised by years of abductions and attacks and communities now need support to rebuild their lives.
Oxfam in Uganda
We continue to raise awareness of the conflict and lobby for action to be taken to end the fighting. We provide clean water and sanitation to those living in camps.
Oxfam supports around 230,000 people to rebuild their livelihoods through provision of essential services - such as water and sanitation – and supporting agricultural development and other livelihoods initiatives through provision of agricultural inputs, extension support, trainings and production assets.
We believe that fundamental change in Uganda will only come with a shift in government and donor policies. We provide funding and technical expertise to many non-government organizations across Uganda, both to help them implement projects and to support their campaigns on behalf of disadvantaged groups.
Oxfam partners have been instrumental in responding to some of the major humanitarian emergencies that have struck Uganda, such as flooding and landslides. Many partners also lobby the national government on a wide range of policies, including gender equality, climate change and conflict resolution.
Violence against women is another core concern in Uganda. Oxfam is part of the We Can campaign which works through communities and individuals to change attitudes towards domestic violence.