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.
Somaliland and other regions of the Horn of Africa are suffering from one of the driest years in memory. Severe shortages of food and water, along with spiralling food prices and the deaths of livestock, have plunged many families into destitution.
Oxfam and local partner Havyoco have been trucking in clean water and providing health support to affected communities.
Across the Horn of Africa region (Somaliland, Ethiopia and Kenya) Oxfam's response to the drought includes a mixture of emergency aid, long-term development and prevention, and advocacy to address the root causes of chronic drought.