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Hunger crisis in West Africa

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Conflict in the Lake Chad Basin region is affecting 20 million people and is likely pushing 400,000 of them in northern Nigeria into famine. Across Niger, Chad, Cameroon, and Nigeria, fighting between the Nigerian government and Boko Haram over the last seven years has left 11 million people in desperate need of humanitarian assistance, with 4.4 million of them severely affected by food shortages. The crisis in the region echoes the tragedy in South Sudan where famine has been declared in Unity State. Yemen and Somalia also stand on the brink.

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How we're responding


The prolonged conflict in the greater Lake Chad Basin means people are displaced from their homes and fields, and are struggling to find enough food to survive. Food is scarce and many cannot afford what little is available in area markets.

Oxfam is providing life-saving support in Nigeria, Niger, and Chad to people who have fled their homes and to the communities in which they are taking shelter. We are providing people with desperately needed food as well as clean drinking water and sanitation to prevent the spread of disease.


  • Delivering food assistance to families severely affected by the crisis.
  • Providing emergency support to farmers, including seed and tools to get them back on their feet.
  • Setting up community protection groups that allow women and men to discuss the risks they face in a safe environment and make more informed decisions about steps to change them.


  • Distributing live-saving food to the most vulnerable families.
  • Distributing essential items such as cooking pots, buckets, and water purifying tablets.
  • Training of community groups on keeping people safe, particularly women and children, to enable them to become more aware of problems and to raise awareness about the issues.


  • Supporting vulnerable families with money to purchase essential food items locally where markets are functioning.
  • Rehabilitation and construction of wells to provide safe, clean water to people who have fled their homes and communities.
  • Working with communities to identify the risks they face and ways to keep them safe.

Oxfam is urgently seeking funds for this emergency response as it currently has only a small percentage of the budget needed to cover its intended program.

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