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.
Recent rebel fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo has forced around 66,000 people (Red Cross figures) to cross into Uganda where many are in need of basic supplies and services.
We are working to provide water, sanitation and hygiene facilities for thousands of refugees living in Bubukwanga transit center, western Uganda (current figures are nearly 17,000).
We are delivering 80,000 liters of water to the transit center every day and have set up water storage tanks, pipes and tap stands to ensure refugees have safe access to clean water. Alongside the UN and other aid agencies, we are working to establish adequate toilets and bathing shelters, as well as promoting good hygiene practices.
All photos: Grace Cahill, 25/26 July 2013.