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's Caroline Gluck reports from inside Somalia. Oxfam is working with partners to deliver clean water, sanitation, and therapeutic feeding to malnourished children.
Somalia has been mired in civil conflict for the past twenty years; but now severe drought has pushed millions into desperation. The UN has declared six areas of the country famine-affected; more than a quarter of the population had been displaced by the crisis and conflict, with several hundred thousand fleeing into neighboring countries such as Kenya and Ethiopia. And inside the country, hundreds of thousands have taken shelter in makeshift settlements and camps around the capital, Mogadishu.
>> Caroline's blog: On the ground in Mogadishu: More needs to be done