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.
Aid loaded and transported to Stansted Airport (UK) for flight donated by British Airways on Friday
Fifty tons of aid equipment, which will help thousands of people in Haiti devastated by last week’s earthquake, will be packed up at Oxfam’s warehouse today, ready to be flown out tomorrow (Friday).
The aid - including tools, wheelbarrows, latrine slabs and water tanks – will be loaded onto lorries at the international agency’s warehouse in Bicester, Oxfordshire, to be transported to Stansted Airport. The aid will be flown to the Dominican Republic tomorrow morning on a flight generously donated free of charge by British Airways. The aid will then go by truck to Haiti.
The emergency equipment paid for by public donations to the Disasters Emergency Committee Haiti Earthquake Appeal, which has so far raised $50 million in just one week. Increasing amounts of Oxfam aid is being distributed on a daily basis.
Oxfam is starting to work in seven sites across the Haitian capital targeting 92,000 people with life-saving aid – clean water, safe sanitation, hygiene kits and plastic sheeting for temporary shelters. The equipment from Stansted will boost the humanitarian effort further.
Oxfam GB’s Humanitarian director Jane Cocking said: “It is encouraging to see more and more aid being flown out so our team in Haiti can give the humanitarian support needed by thousands of people in Haiti. As well as looking at their immediate needs Oxfam will be putting its long-term work back on track so that people can put their lives back together for the future. This is being made possible by the tremendous support from the British public.”
The aid will be packed onto a British Airways flight at Stansted, along with aid from the Red Cross. Additional aid from the World Food Program and Unicef will be loaded on the plane in Denmark, before being flown into Santa Domingo airport on Saturday evening.
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The people of Haiti need your support. Help now by donating to our Haiti Earthquake Response Fund:
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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.