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.
Jubilation and hope filled the hearts of many in July 2011. South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation, was born after decades of fighting, despair and loss. The road to prosperity took a sharp detour in December 2013 when fighting broke out in Juba and quickly spread to many parts of South Sudan. More than 1,000,000 people fled their homes; some to within South Sudan and others to neighboring countries such as Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya.
As a result, a lot of attention has been paid to the negative side of South Sudan’s ethnic groups and diverse cultures. While we need to investigate and make public all violations of human rights that are happening, we also need to shed light on the many people who went above and beyond to help those from ethnic groups different from their own.
These are the voices of those who went the extra mile. Their bravery and strength in light of the situation they faced is a testament to the extraordinary power of compassion, hope and the will to survive.