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.
When conflict and disaster strike, we deliver high quality humanitarian aid, speedily and extensively
Our water engineers and public health specialists are known internationally for their speed and efficiency in delivering water supplies and essential sanitation facilities, even in the most difficult circumstances.
We work with governments, local organizations and communities so that they are ready to respond in emergencies, and able to cope when crisis hits – including to prepare for the effects of climate change, with the increased incidence of droughts, floods and extreme weather.
A big part of our humanitarian work is campaigning to strengthen international humanitarian law, tighten arms trade regulation, and improve assistance to fragile states.