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.
It's just over half-way through the month of Ramadan. More than 1.8 million Syrian refugees have fled their homes and are now living in neighboring countries with more arriving every day. Families are crowded into rented accommodation, temporary tented settlements or are living in refugee camps. Life is tough and the month of Ramadan makes them think of home more than ever.
We have provided humanitarian assistance to more than 135,000 refugees who have fled to Lebanon and Jordan since the start of the year. We are providing water and sanitation facilities in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan and to families living in temporary settlements in both Lebanon and Jordan. We are also providing cash support to families living in rented accommodation and settlements in both countries. Funds are short, to scale up our response to the Syria crisis and reach more people, we urgently need to raise more money.
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