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.
Oxfam reaction to the High-Level meeting on Africa's Great Lakes: Military solutions have consistently failed
Sally Chin of Oxfam said:
“Focusing on a military solution will take the region down the wrong path. A long series of military operations in recent years has consistently failed to provide lasting security to civilians and have instead often led to further displacement and suffering.
“Around half a million people have been forced to flee their homes since the beginning of 2012 in eastern Congo, many of them in urgent need of clean water, healthcare, food, protection and shelter. They should be the main focus of the international community and the UN mission in the Congo should ensure that protecting these people is their number one priority.”
“We need to see increased funding from the international community towards peace-building, conflict-resolution initiatives and of course for the huge humanitarian needs in the Congo.
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Notes to editors
Oxfam is currently working in a camp on the outskirts of Goma trucking water for 55,000 people who have fled from the fighting between the M23 and government troops. Oxfam aims to reach 230,000 people as we scale up to meet the needs of people in this crisis.
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