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.
Oxfam latest on sitiation in Eastern Congo, Goma
Oxfam's humanitarian coordinator Tariq Riebl said:
"More than 50,000 people have fled camps and homes since yesterday and are in dire need of shelter, water and food. Families have been split up over night and people are desperately going between sites trying to find loved ones. If fighting intensifies further, there are very few places people can go for safety. With almost 2.5 million people now displaced across eastern Congo, this catastrophe requires a concerted humanitarian and diplomatic response."
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