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.
Oxfam reaction to Mali donors’ conference
In reaction to today’s international donors’ conference for the reconstruction of Mali [May 15, 2013], in Brussels, Marietou Diaby, Oxfam’s Country Director, said:
"These generous pledges to help Mali are very welcome. But they need to be seen as a down payment not a one-off cheque. Donors must now support a new development contract between the people of Mali and their government which tackles poverty, corruption and inequality - issues that lie at the heart of the crisis. As we have seen in Afghanistan and Somalia long-term peace cannot be achieved without a sustained commitment both within the country and within the international community."
Notes to Editors
International development and humanitarian agency Oxfam launched today a new report called “Mali: A New Development Contract” looking at the country’s development challenges and providing concrete recommendations to the Malian government and the international community on how to address them.
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