British actor Bonnie Wright, best known for her role in the Harry Potter films, travelled to Senegal last week 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.
One year after South Sudan’s independence on July 9, the young country is facing its worst humanitarian crisis since the end of the war in 2005, under the weight of severe economic meltdown and ongoing conflict. Long-term and emergency efforts to help nearly half the population, who don’t have enough to eat, could be derailed by an economy out of control, warned the international aid agency Oxfam.
International aid agency Oxfam Australia is today launching its West Africa Food Crisis appeal as the situation in the region heads towards the peak of the hunger season.
Across the Sahel region of West and Central Africa, more than 18 million people are affected by the severe food crisis, with more than one million children at risk of severe malnutrition.
Tens of thousands of Sudanese refugees face desperate, life-threatening water shortages and a growing threat of fatal disease in Jamam camp in South Sudan and must be urgently moved to a new site, international agency Oxfam said today.
Growing conflict in Mali and northern Nigeria is disrupting the supply of food to communities suffering from a major food crisis affecting 13 million people in West Africa, international aid agency Oxfam said today.
Six months since South Sudan’s independence, the world’s newest nation is struggling to cope with a major refugee crisis and massive internal displacement, international agency Oxfam said today.