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 March 2011, 769 families from Polochic Valley (Guatemala) were violently evicted from the land where they had always lived. Now, two years after the eviction, the chance has increased of these families returning to their land and having a place to live and grow food once again.
Thanks to the support of people like you, on Monday 22nd April the evicted families in Polochic Valley were able to hand over 107,000 supporting signatures collected in 55 different countries to the Guatemalan Minister of Agriculture. Following a stunt in front of the Presidential Palace, the Minister agreed to meet with the evicted families.
Thanks to the enormous international support for peasant farmer organizations in Guatemala, the Government has committed to find a way to acquire land for the evicted families. It has also committed to provide the families with food, as well as to implement a development policy in Polochic Valley to help resolve social conflicts.
This is their story.