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 ambassador Kristin Davis has just returned from the Horn of Africa where she saw hundreds of thousands of families in desperate need of food and water.
Kristin became tearful on BBC News (11 July 2011) while describing her experience of visiting the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya where she saw the devastating impact of drought.
People are fleeing drought and conflict in Somalia and ending up in Dadaab, which is currently the world's largest refugee complex and is hugely overcrowded.
Oxfam's response to the drought includes programs in Somaliland, Ethiopia and Kenya with a mixture of emergency aid, long-term development and prevention, and advocacy to address the root causes of chronic drought.