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.
The year 2011 has been marked by serious crises and disasters, having huge impacts on millions of people's lives, from East Africa to Japan, from Ivory Coast to Pakistan.
Oxfam responded to these crises, by helping the most vulnerable people, with both emergency and long-term programs.
In 2011, we also launched a global campaign, GROW, which seeks to ensure that there is enough to eat in the face of dwindling land, water and energy resources, the gathering pace of climate change and increasing food price volatility.