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 reaction to UN’s $459m Pakistan flood appeal
Responding to the United Nations announcement that it is calling for $459m for the Pakistan flood response, Jane Cocking, the Humanitarian Director of Oxfam, who is in Swat in northern Pakistan, visiting flood-affected people said:
"This is a disaster of staggering scale. Swathes of Pakistan are still under-water and the needs are immense. There needs be a rapid injection of funds and the UN and donors must do everything to ensure that these funds become frontline aid quickly.
"The people affected by this disaster do not have time on their side. Many have lost everything; their homes and regular lives were swept away in the flood water. I have met people in Swat who have walked for days just to get food for their families to eat.
"This is a huge disaster and needs a huge response. Everyone – donors, the UN, aid agencies, the government – all of us need to shift gear on this crisis. We need to get help to all that need it. This is a race against time."
- Rebecca Wynn in Pakistan on +92 308 555 9694 or +44 7769 887139 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Louis Belanger in New York on +1 917 224 0834