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.
For two decades, Somali people have endured conflict and famine. Their suffering is often all the world sees. Yet, that picture is incomplete. The other image of Somalia, often over-looked, is that of the incredible strength and resilience of Somali people to survive and rebuild with dignity in the face of human catastrophe.
Photographer Petterik Wiggers first photographed the horrors of war and starvation in Somalia in the early 1990s, but has returned many times since to south central Somalia, Puntland and Somaliland, capturing Somali people in a different light. Here we also see their love for family, celebration, humor, new life, restoration, hope and pride in the face of adversity.