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13.5 million people face starvation if US designation of Houthis blocks aid and food delivery

Thirteen and a half million people in Yemen will be pushed towards starvation by the United States designation of Ansar Allah, commonly known as the Houthis, as a terrorist organisation. The designation comes into effect today and will seriously affect vital food imports to the country and humanitarian assistance, Oxfam warned. Muhsin Siddiquey, Oxfam’s Country […]

Oxfam warns of COVID-19 risks in camps following Indonesian earthquake

Oxfam has warned of the risk of an outbreak of coronavirus in the over-crowded camps where people are sheltering following Friday’s earthquake in Sulawesi, Indonesia. At least 56 people are reported dead, more than 826 injured and more than 15,000 fled from their homes following the 6.2 magnitude earthquake which damaged and destroyed hundreds of […]

Terrorist designation puts innocent lives at risk in Yemen: Oxfam

In response to US Secretary of State Pompeo’s decision to designate the Houthis as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and Specially Designated Global Terrorist, Oxfam America’s Humanitarian Policy Lead Scott Paul said: “Secretary Pompeo’s decision to designate the Houthis as a terrorist organization is a counter-productive and dangerous policy that will put innocent lives at risk. […]

Homes flattened, thousands in evacuation centres as powerful Tropical Cyclone Yasa strikes Fiji

Oxfam is working with local partners and coordinating with the Fijian government to assess the damage and needs of affected communities following Cyclone Yasa’s landfall in Fiji yesterday and early this morning. Communities are reporting widespread damage to homes, landslides blocking roads, flooding in coastal and low-lying areas and damaged vegetation. Destructive winds of up […]

Campaigners warn that 9 out of 10 people in poor countries are set to miss out on COVID-19 vaccine next year

Nearly 70 poor countries will only be able to vaccinate one in ten people against COVID-19 next year unless urgent action is taken by governments and the pharmaceutical industry to make sure enough doses are produced, a group of campaigning organisations warned today. By contrast, wealthier nations have bought up enough doses to vaccinate their […]

More than 2 million people impacted as Super Typhoon Goni sweeps across the Philippines

Oxfam is working with local partners and coordinating with local governments in the Philippines to assess the damage and needs of affected communities following Super Typhoon Goni’s four landfalls yesterday and early this morning. At least two million people or 400,000 families have been affected, with thousands of homes damaged or destroyed, and at least […]

Rich nations have bought more than half the future supply of COVID-19 vaccines from leading contenders

Wealthy nations representing just 13 percent of the world’s population – including Australia – have already cornered more than half the promised doses of leading COVID-19 vaccine candidates, Oxfam warned today as health and finance ministers of G20 countries meet to discuss the global pandemic. Oxfam analysed the deals that pharmaceutical corporations and vaccine producers […]

Gas-powered recovery plan a betrayal of our Pacific neighbours: Oxfam

Commenting on the Federal Government’s plan to use public funds to expand the gas sector as part of its economic recovery plan, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said: “The Prime Minister’s deeply concerning move to put gas, a fossil fuel, at the centre of our recovery from COVID-19 is a serious betrayal of our […]

One month since Beirut blast and thousands can’t afford a front door

One month since the massive blast in Beirut, tens of thousands of vulnerable people are unable to rebuild their homes, with a single front door costing two months’ worth of a minimum-wage salary, Oxfam warned today. Longstanding inequality, massive inflation and COVID-19 have compounded this humanitarian disaster for tens of thousands, making it almost impossible […]

Gaza hospitals brace for surging COVID-19 cases amidst bombing and severe electricity shortages, warns Oxfam

Hospitals and Palestinians in Gaza, one of the most densely populated places on the planet, are bracing for the Coronavirus pandemic. Only three to four hours of electricity per day, as entry of fuel has been restricted by Israel, has forced Gaza’s single electricity plant to shut down, compounding the risk of infection for two […]

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