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.
Welcoming UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon's visit to South Sudan, Oxfam's Country Director Cecilia Millan said:
"South Sudan is rapidly deteriorating into an acute humanitarian crisis. The fighting has forced people away from their land and ways of making a living. If the conflict does not end soon then people will be unable to plant for the next harvest. If they miss this chance then millions will face severe hunger in the coming months.
“The conflict has to end. Governments need to use their influence with all sides in the conflict to help end the fighting, and give quickly and generously to the UN's humanitarian appeal which is less than half funded.
Notes to editors
- In South Sudan Oxfam has so far helped over 150,000 affected by the current humanitarian crisis. The agency is helping by providing clean water, safe sanitation, public hygiene promotion, food, cash and essentials such as soap and other items. It is working in seven conflict affected areas: Juba, Bor, Malakal, Melut, Mingkaman, Waat and Lankien.
- The UN has appealed for $1.27 bn to help with the crisis but has so far received just under $500m, 39 per cent of the total.
For more information contact Ian Bray, Senior Press Officer in Juba (+211 955 107 850 or email@example.com)