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.
Thousands of refugees have fled from Ivory Coast to neighboring countries, including Liberia, following the political crisis after disputed elections in November 2010.
One million people are still in urgent need of food, water and sanitation as refugees and other internally displace people fear returning home.
Oxfam is calling on the international community to pay greater attention to the worsening refugee crisis in Ivory Coast and the region, and calling on the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to push donors to fund the aid response to the crisis.