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.
Freeze to humanitarian and development aid in long-term EU budget is a breach of faith
Reacting to the draft conclusions of the European Council on the EU long-term budget, which are freezing EU development and humanitarian aid at current levels, Natalia Alonso, Head of Oxfam's EU Office, said:
“The freezing of the EU’s aid budget is a breach of faith. EU leaders, like all other countries, should be held accountable for their commitments. It’s unacceptable for them to wriggle out of their promise to give 0.7 per cent of national income by 2015 to the poorest because there is an economic crisis."