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.
Since January 2009, the government of Israel has restricted Palestinian fishing boats to three nautical miles from Gaza’s coast, blocking access to around 85 percent of Palestinian fishing water.
For the enterprising fisherman, venturing further out in search of bigger fish is a risky business: the fishing limit is enforced by live fire.
Now fishermen have been allowed to fish up to six nautical miles from Gaza’s coastline after a cease-fire deal was reached between Israel and Hamas on 21 November. A relief for many – but with no formal agreement to increase the limit, those who rely on the income they earn from a daily catch are worried about how long the new limit will last.
Read the blog: Fishing under fire in Gaza
Photos: David Levene/Oxfam