Harry Potter star to see food crisis firsthand with Oxfam

Posted by Claire Wilkinson Senior PR Press Officer

23rd Jul 2012

This week Oxfam is taking English actress, screen writer and director Bonnie Wright out to Senegal to meet victims of the current food crisis in the Sahel region of West Africa. 

Bonnie, best known for her part as Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter films, will be visiting the Kedougou region of Senegal, seeing the impact of the food crisis first hand, meeting families and children who are suffering as a result and witnessing the work Oxfam is doing to alleviate the impact of the crisis.

A combination of factors have taken a heavy toll on the Sahel region: low rainfall and water levels, poor harvests, a lack of pasture and high food prices have led to a dire situation. More than 18 million people are facing serious food shortages across the area and the worst yet to come - with the next harvests not until September/October. Oxfam have warned that if urgent action isn't taken this could escalate into one of the worst humanitarian disasters if the 21st century. 

The Sahel region does not ordinarily cover Senegal but the extent of the food crisis has seen it spread to southern parts of the country affecting nearly 850,000 people. Oxfam has a three-phase programme in Senegal ranging from helping people care for their animals and crops, ensuring people gain access to food aid and finally supporting long term recovery. 

Please follow Bonnie all week at @thisisbwright and also on Oxfam's twitter account twitter.com/oxfamgb on Wednesday 25 July. Please visit www.sahel2012.org to call on world leaders to act now to stop the crisis and visit http://oxf.am/J8n for more information.

Blog post written by Claire Wilkinson

Senior PR Press Officer

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