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.
The international community took an important step in deploying the UN and EUFOR mission to volatile and insecure eastern Chad. However, after one year, this mission is not capable of adequately protecting civilians and requires urgent reform.
EUFOR has made many civilians feel safer, but as a military force is ill-suited to an environment of lawlessness and banditry. A year later the policing elements of the mission are yet to be deployed. Finally, without a comprehensive political solution to the internal crisis in Chad, there will be no hope of long-term security for the civilians who are currently at risk.