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.
Over the last few months campaigners in the UK have been contacting their Members of Parliament (MPs) asking them to show support for the Charter to End Extreme Hunger. A petition signed by 15,000 people will be handed over to the UK Prime Minister David Cameron today (Wednesday, 18 January) calling on him to endorse the Charter. This week campaigners have been tweeting their MPs asking them to raise a question to Prime Minister David Cameron in Parliament this Wednesday.
Give Global Support
Show your support for the campaign by joining the Twitter Takeover when we will try to 'take over' the twitter feed for Prime Ministers Questions #PMQs. We're hoping to get people from around the world supporting the Charter to End Extreme Hunger and to ask David Cameron to endorse it now.
- Dangerous Delay report http://oxf.am/oMz we must respond earlier 2 #foodcrisis warning signs. Ask UK PM 2 sign #hungercharter at #PMQs -- click here to tweet this!
- Will the UK show its commitment to preventing food crises? @number10gov sign the #hungercharter now http://ht.ly/8xAoj #PMQs -- click here to tweet this!
Other people have been acting on Twitter calling for similar action, for example Africans Act 4 Africa's campaign asking African leaders to make the famine in Somalia the last famine.
New Oxfam and Save the Children UK report: A Dangerous Delay: The cost of late response to early warnings in the 2011 drought in the Horn of Africa