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 reacts to G8 Accountability Report
"Despite their best efforts to put a positive gloss on their progress, the G8 report shows clearly that the promise made in Gleneagles in 2005 to increase aid will be broken," said Oxfam spokesperson Mark Fried.
"The draft G8 communique conveniently ignores the commitment to increase aid by $50 billion, when it should have an emergency plan to fill the $20 billion shortfall over the next two years. These are not just numbers. They represent vital medicines, kids in school, help for women living in poverty and food for the hungry."
*Note: OECD estimates a shortfall of at least $18 billion in Gleneagles $50 billion promise.
*Note: For Africa figures are even worse. OECD estimates shortfall will be $14 billion on a promise of $25 billion. The G8 has delivered less than half of their commitment.