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.
Somalia Conference in London: more guns will not bring peace
Regarding the Somalia Conference in London, Oxfam says:
"For lasting peace in Somalia, there needs to be a combination of stability and economic development. More guns will not bring peace to Somalia, and could make things worse for Somalis unless leaders also invest in human rights training for police and government soldiers. The security forces need to be equipped to address sexual violence, respect human rights and safeguard humanitarian law.
"In all the new initiatives and plans for Somalia, we must not forget that more than one million people still rely on humanitarian aid, and malnutrition rates are still among the highest in the world. It will take genuine investment in healthcare, education and business for the country to recover from decades of conflict and drought. By supporting young men to find jobs and farmers to prepare for poor rains, we could help support real change in Somalia."
Geno Teofilo, Media Lead, Oxfam in Somalia:
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