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.
Dadaab refugee camp is currently the world's largest refugee complex, hosting more than 400,000 people. Oxfam's cash-for-work initiatives offer the refugee community an opportunity to earn an income as well as gain some dignity knowing they are helping to provide for their family.
Men and women are paid between 250 and 500 Kenyan Shillings per day depending on their skill levels. Jobs for men include constructing of latrines, reporting on dead livestock so they can be removed before spreading disease, clearing new land for relocated families. For women, Oxfam has employed women to help collect and dispose of the piles of packaging discarded from newly-erected tents and materials.
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