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.
Growing humanitarian impact of the political crisis in South Sudan: Oxfam response
Responding to the growing humanitarian impact of the political crisis in South Sudan, Emma Drew, Oxfam's South Sudan Acting Country Director said from Juba:
"Oxfam is concerned about the growing humanitarian needs in Awerial, Lakes State, for the 75,000 people who have fled from the conflict in Jonglei. We have deployed a rapid response team today to urgently support in the delivery of clean water, construction of latrines, and public health promotion.
"We ask all political leaders who have begun talks today in Ethiopia to urgently agree to halt the violence and work actively towards resolution of the crisis. Oxfam strongly condemns the use of violent force against civilians and requests South Sudanese security forces and other armed groups to respect human rights of all its people regardless of ethnic origin. We call on all parties to protect and respect humanitarian activities."
For more information or to arrange an interview with an Oxfam spokesperson in Juba please contact Oxfam Regional Media and Communications Advisor Aimee Brown on +254 731 859 413