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.
Oxfam is providing humanitarian assistance in the region of Gao, northern Mali and in refugee camps in Niger, Burkina Faso and Mauritania. We provide support to people who need basic food, clean water and healthcare.
Conflict in the north of Mali, the entrenchment of armed groups and the spread of instability has led to increased humanitarian suffering across the region.
The human impact is evident: 30,000 people are reported to have been displaced by recent combat, adding to the 345,000 Malians who have been displaced already over the last year. Across the region, vulnerable communities are struggling to host them.
In Burkina Faso, we aim to reach over 290,000 people, including some 77,000 refugees, with water and public health work, food, cash for work activities, animal health and food programs for pastoralist communities, and assistance to refugees from Mali.
Photos from November 2012 - January 2013.