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.
Across the UK last December, people highlighted the problem of land grabs – where big companies buy up land in some of the world’s poorest countries for profit. Often land grabs mean the people who live on the land are evicted. They lose their homes, livelihoods, and their way of growing food.
Last week we saw how the UK campaigners inspired action around the world. Campaigners spread the word globally last Thursday – from Italy to Canada, Tanzania to the USA, people from 9 countries “grabbed” iconic landmarks to show how shocking and unfair land grabs are.
Thousands of people in 47 countries spread the message: we want the World Bank to help stop land grabs. Here's a snapshot of tweets around the world using #landgrabs, from 7 - 11 Feb 2013, via Topsy.
It's not too late to get involved. We're asking the World Bank – which funds some big land deals, and can influence how land is bought and sold – to help stop land grabs.
What you can do
- Sign our petition for the World Bank president, and you'll help bring justice one step closer for poor people everywhere.
- Share the images on Twitter and social media, and ask @WorldBank to put a hold on land deals.
If you share it online or in social media, you just might end up in an Oxfam Storify!