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 floods of 2010-2011 devastated homes, lives, and livelihoods across the country. The loss of a house or land upon which to earn a living affects people not only in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, but for months and possibly years to come. This research paper investigates how the floods have affected the poorest and most vulnerable in relation to land rights – assessing the different levels of land insecurity as well as how the government of Pakistan and the international community have addressed land rights in their responses.