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 Humanitarian Press Officer Anna Ridout reports on the ongoing East Africa food crisis from the Dadaab refugee complex, in northeastern Kenya. The complex is the biggest in the world, currently sheltering more than 400,000 people (Aug 2011) -- most of them fleeing conflict and drought in Somalia.
More than 9,000 refugees continue to arrive every week, many walking for days or even weeks, as drought worsens across the region. Oxfam is on the ground in Dadaab, laying pipelines and trucking in clean water for residents of the refugee complex.
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