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.
UN launches humanitarian appeal for Syria, the UN’s largest appeal ever
International agency Oxfam urged governments to fund generously the UN’s appeal for the Syrian crisis both for work within Syria and for work in neighboring countries sheltering refugees.
“We are witnessing the daily human wreckage of a country tearing itself apart. Our common humanity implores us to respond to the suffering of millions of Syrians caught up in an unremitting tragedy. Even in harsh economic times there can be no excuses for governments to shirk from their duty to dig deep and generously fund the aid effort. They cannot look the other way. This is the world’s most pressing humanitarian crisis. The scale is staggering and getting worse. Syria’s people have suffered enough, they cannot be allowed to pay the price of the world’s failure to match their need,” said Jane Cocking, Humanitarian Director, Oxfam.
Notes to editors
Oxfam is working in Syria through local organizations and working in Lebanon and Jordan helping Syrian refugees. The organization has so far helped some 60,000 Syrians and has plans to help 650,000 but is desperately short of funds. Its planned work will cost $53 million but has so far only managed to raise $16 million.
Ian Bray, +44 (0)1865 472289 or +44 (0)7721 461339, email@example.com