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.
Sahel food crisis
Burkina Faso relies on subsistence agriculture to meet the basic needs of a large part of the population.
In 2012, the Sahel region of West and Central Africa was once again hit by a severe food crisis, affecting over 18 million people at its peak. At the start of 2012, when the crisis
As Mali endeavors to re-establish peace and territorial integrity in the North, Malians are still struggling to pick up their lives after a devastating drought, a conflict, and massive disp
In 2012, Oxfam continued to fight poverty and deep rooted injustice.
Acute food crises continue to reverse positive development trends in sub-Saharan Africa.
On the proposed ECOWAS force to Mali:
Mamadou Biteye Oxfam’s West Africa Regional Director said :
Devastating floods in Niger are affecting more than 500,000 people, most of whose basic needs are not being met. We're providing household kits including soap, mats and mosquito nets, and water and sanitation provisions to almost 40,000 people.
Last week, British actor Bonnie Wright, best known for her role in the Harry Potter films, travelled to Senegal with Oxfam to draw attention to the growing humanitarian crisis in the country and to the wider food crisis across the Sahel region of West Africa.
Bamako. A brand new track recorded for Mali Music Unplugged -- a special performance from the Sahel with Afel Bocoum and Damon Albarn, to raise awareness of the Sahel food crisis.
Last week, Malian singer and guitarist Afel Bocoum was joined in Mali by British musician Damon Albarn for a unique music project aimed at drawing international attention to the growing humanitarian crisis in Mali and to the regional food crisis in West and Central Africa.