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 region of Turkana in the North of Kenya has gone for over five years without a good rain capable of making the grazing lands grow enough grass to feed the region’s livestock, its sole source of economic livelihood. Turkana is just one of many regions in the Horn of Africa that have been affected by the serious drought that has put more than 13 million people at risk.
The photographs speak for themselves. But the stories of the people of Turkana confirm the urgent need for food aid, and the necessity of developing long-term projects that will enable them to face catastrophic climate events, which are occurring with ever greater frequency.
Photos: Irina Fuhrmann/Oxfam