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 reacts to the UN Humanitarian Appeal on Somalia
Senait Gebregziabher, Oxfam Country Director for Somalia said:
“Unfortunately, the crisis is set to last well into 2012. What’s crucial right now is to get enough funding to help people cope with the situation before the next harvest in the spring. Despite the numerous challenges ahead, donors must continue to support Somali people, just as aid agencies on the ground are ready to do so by scaling up their programs to maximum capacity.
“Donors and the public have been incredibly generous in 2011, by committing $1.32 billion in humanitarian funding to Somalia. Whilst impressive, this figure is just over half as much money - $2.41 billion - the international community spent in combating Somali piracy in 2010. We know donors have deep pockets when it comes to their economic interests. They must now show the same concern and focus for the fate of tens of thousands of Somalis."
Total Costs of Maritime Piracy, 2010 from One Earth Future
Cost Factor Value (Dollars)
Security Equipment : $363 million to $2.5 billion
Naval Forces : $2 billion
Prosecutions : $31 million
Piracy Deterrent Organizations : $19.5 million
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST :
$2.413 bn (conservative estimate)
More info page 25: http://bit.ly/u21CzA
See also: Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP): UN Humanitarian Appeal 2012 for Somalia (pdf, 4.8MB)
Louis Belanger, Oxfam Media Officer on +254 713 011 814
Alun McDonald, Oxfam Regional Media Coordinator on +254 736 666 663