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.
Coldplay singer Chris Martin has joined Oxfam’s call for funds to help those affected by the devastating earthquake in Haiti.
Chris Martin, who travelled to Haiti with Oxfam in 2002 to meet coffee farmers supported by the charity, said:
“I visited Haiti with Oxfam a few years ago. It's a country of extreme poverty and brutal living conditions. Most people in Port-au-Prince live in tin shacks. The earthquake that has struck Haiti will have turned the city into an unimaginable hell.
“The people of Haiti will be desperate for help and assistance. You can make a donation at www.oxfam.org.”
The band will make a donation to the Oxfam appeal today.
Oxfam today launched an appeal for millions of dollars as it geared up its response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti.
The extent of the devastation is still unclear but local officials are reporting a catastrophe of major proportions. Thousands are feared dead, millions are affected, and major buildings - such as the presidential palace - have collapsed.
Oxfam has a 100 strong-team working across Haiti – including 15 emergency specialists – and will be responding with public health, water and sanitation services to prevent the spread of waterborne disease. It also has links with a large network of community volunteers who can get aid to affected people quickly.
Oxfam has emergency stocks pre-positioned in Panama and in Bicester, Oxford and is primed to send them to the quake zone if needed.
The people of Haiti need your support. Help now by donating to our Haiti Earthquake Response Fund:
Oxfam-in-Belgium, in French or in Dutch
Oxfam Great Britain
Oxfam Hong Kong
Oxfam Novib (Netherlands)
Oxfam New Zealand
Intermon Oxfam (Spain)
Alternatively, you can also make a donation to the general emergency fund of your nearest national Oxfam affiliate. Your money will be used to fund our emergency work worldwide, which includes responding in countries such as Haiti.