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.
We provide life-saving essentials in the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster and to people affected by conflict. In the longer term we support people to grow and buy food and to make a living for themselves and their families. We also campaign for change and strive to ensure that civilians are protected.
We also seek to reduce the risk to poor people of future disasters by supporting them with long-term development programs and campaigns that tackle the causes of poverty. In everything we do, we put women’s rights at the core of our actions.
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We are impartial – we provide aid based on need, irrespective of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, disability or age. We are independent of governments and political organizations. Increasingly we are supporting local actors to take the lead in responding to emergencies in their own countries.