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.
Latrines in camps are a basic but essential facility
Unable to return home due to floodwater still covering vast areas of land, around 3,100 families (about 22,000 people) were living in the Shabaz and Sabzi Mandi camps in Hyderabad. Here Oxfam worked with local partners SPO (Strengthening Participatory Organization) and BHS (Bhandar Sangat), with support from the UK Department for International Development, to provide water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, including building latrines. The latrines were basic but welcomed as the following feedback from the community shows.
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Photos: Jane Beesley/Oxfam