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.
In the Sahel region of West Africa, families are facing a grim reality. A food crisis is now threatening more than 18 miillion people (as of May 2012). Without help they won't get enough to eat.
Drought, poor harvets, and high prices in the market are part of the problem -- and so is poverty. It forces farmers and herders to make impossible choices: If they sell their tools and livestock now, to get money to get food, then how will they make a living later when the rains return?
Oxfam aims to help more than one million people weather this crisis. We are working with them on irrigation, market gardens, and providing water.
But we need your support to do it. Right now -- like many aid groups -- we are far short of our goal. Some people can only feed their children once a day, and malnutrition rates are climbing.
We need to act now. Please donate if you can.
We're using #Sahel2012 to highlight the urgency of this crisis