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.
Sahel food crisis
Incoming World Bank president Jim Yong Kim must step up efforts to assist developing countries threatened by the euro zone crisis fallout, international agency Oxfam said ahead of his first day on the job.
Reacting to the draft G20 communiqué circulating on Monday 17th, Oxfam spokesperson Carlos Zarco said:
Donors attending Monday’s pledging conference in Brussels must address a massive funding shortfall – over $900 million - on work needed to tackle the food crisis in the Sahel.
Emirati director and Oxfam supporter Ali F. Mostafa has swapped the high-wire drama of his highly successful City of Life and Classified films for a new short video looking at one of the most pressing humanitarian challenges in the world today.
An appeal from film director Ali Mostafa on behalf of Oxfam on the need for action on the Sahel food crisis affecting 18 million people. To act go to http://sahel2012.org
In the Sahel region, 18 million people can't get enough to eat. Let's stand together to repair the broken food system - fix the cracks to keep the house standing.
More than 18 million people in Sahel are facing a food crisis following erratic rains that have caused poor food harvests and water shortages. You can help by signing the #Sahel2012 petition to get world leaders to act.
In the Sahel region of West Africa, families are facing a grim reality. A food crisis is now threatening more than 18 miillion people. Without help they won't get enough to eat.
The first warnings of drought and poor harvests in Africa’s Sahel region emerged in late 2011, and vulnerable communities in many areas have been threatened by a looming food crisis.
International agency Oxfam today warned that sanctions imposed on Mali could have devastating consequences on 3.5m people already at risk of hunger, if humanitarian needs are not safeguarded.