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.
On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Sahrawi refugee camps in the Southwest Algerian desert, we want to shed light on an entire generation that never experienced anything other than life as a refugee. Read Fahda's story.
A toilet, conveniently situated near the Student Union Bar at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), is proving pee can generate electricity. The prototype urinal is the result of a partnership between researchers at UWE Bristol and Oxfam. It is hoped the pee-power technology will light cubicles in refugee camps, which are often dark and dangerous places particularly for women.
"When you play it feels like you are playing with your brothers."
The implications of Syria's protracted conflict for Jordan are significant and the humanitarian strategy moving forward into 2014 is underscored by unpredictable inflows of refugees.