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 response to UNHCR’s announcement of two million Syrian refugees
In response to the UNHCR's announcement that the number of Syrian refugees has reached two million, Oxfam’s Syria Response Campaign Manager, Claire Seaward, based in Jordan, said:
“We are appalled that this landmark has been reached today.
“Enough is enough. A generation of Syrians is paying too high a price in this conflict. They have been seriously let down by the international community, which has failed to prioritise a political solution to the conflict. That must change. World leaders - especially President Obama and President Putin - must ensure the long-promised peace talks take place as soon as possible.
“Every day more refugees cross the borders into neighboring countries – often traumatized and in need of the basics: food, water and shelter. But the humanitarian response to the crisis is stretched to the limit. Donor countries must continue to dig deep and donate to the UN appeals that are still only 41 per cent funded.”
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Zahra Akkerhuys, Oxfam Press Officer, +44 7525 901932, skype: zakkerhuys1
What Oxfam is doing
Oxfam has so far reached 200,000 people with humanitarian aid, and we are hoping to reach 650,000 by the end of the year in Lebanon, Jordan and Syria.
Having recently secured permission to provide aid within Syrian borders, we are now providing water and sanitation facilities and system repairs. We are also providing training to water technicians and hoping to work on solid waste management.
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