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.
"The new restrictions on entry for Syrians into Lebanon are part of a worrying, wider trend reflecting quite simply less and less opportunities for Syrians to escape conflict inside Syria," said Camilla Jelbart Mosse, Oxfam's Syria Campaign Manager.
The international response to the Ebola epidemic is on the right path, but there is a long way to go. This Oxfam briefing outlines the key operational challenges and recommends that stepped up action should be taken urgently in multiple areas to contain the spread of the disease and to support those most affected.
Ebola is a humanitarian crisis first and foremost – but it is also a mounting economic disaster for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
In response to WFP food cuts for Syrian refugees, Andy Baker who heads up Oxfam's response to the Syria crisis said: "Millions of Syrians have left their country to flee war, death and destruction. It is unthinkable to leave them hungry. Rich countries must step up and support the World Food Program."
As the Berlin conference on the Syrian refugee situation concludes, Andy Baker, who leads Oxfam's response to the Syria crisis, said:
As winter approaches, hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees living in makeshift camps in Lebanon are facing freezing weather and struggling to survive the storm.
The international response to Syria is failing on three fronts – insufficient aid, meager resettlement offers and continued arms transfers – Oxfam warns in a report published today.
The sheer scale of the crisis in Syria demands specific and increased commitments from the international community to help alleviate the suffering.
2.9 million Somalis are in humanitarian crisis. Agencies are asking for urgent action to save lives and avoid a relapse to the catastrophe of 2011.