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Australia’s leading aid agencies call for urgent action to support charities amid COVID-19 crisis

Seven of Australia’s leading international aid agencies are urging the Federal Government to include in their COVID-19 economic support package specific measures to help charities continue their life-saving work in the most vulnerable communities worldwide. The organisations – CARE Australia, ChildFund Australia, Fred Hollows Foundation, Oxfam Australia, Plan International Australia, Save the Children Australia and […]

Oxfam calls on Government to back UN’s COVID-19 response plan to support most vulnerable

Oxfam has called on Prime Minister Scott Morrison and other global leaders to support the UN’s newly-released USD$2.01 billion COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan. A virtual G20 Summit starts tonight, with the leaders of the countries with the 20 biggest economies coming together to strategise on how to respond to the COVID-19 crisis on an […]

Oxfam raises concerns of possible COVID-19 outbreak in war-torn Yemen

50 suspected cholera cases recorded every hour for five years  With a recent upsurge in fighting in Yemen, the forthcoming rainy season and tightening of borders due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, there’s no end in sight to the daily toll of death, disease and displacement five years after the conflict escalated, Oxfam warned today. […]

Unite to protect the most vulnerable: Oxfam

Protecting the most vulnerable people and communities and taking care of one another must underpin our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said today. “We understand the deep concerns of people here and overseas as we all grapple with great uncertainty and a rapidly changing context in a bid to […]

Rainy season threatens huge cholera spike in Yemen as conflict hampers efforts to address forgotten crisis

Yemen is suffering a forgotten cholera crisis, Oxfam said today, as it warned the number of people there with the disease could spiral as the country approaches rainy season in April and health systems are close to collapse. The north is at greatest risk because of the scarcity of water there. The five governorates of Sana’a, […]

Two Oxfam workers killed in attack in Syria

Two Oxfam aid workers were today killed in an attack at 2pm local time in Dar’a governorate in Southern Syria, between Nawa and Al-Yadudah. Wissam Hazim, Southern Hub Staff Safety Officer and Adel Al-Halabi, a driver, were both killed when their vehicle was attacked by a so-far unidentified armed group. An Oxfam volunteer was also […]

Locusts swarm into northern Uganda as Oxfam looks toward a $5m response across region

Locust infestations have just hit two new districts in northern Uganda as they continue to plague Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia, and threaten Sudan and South Sudan. There are also reports of the swarms now in Tanzania. “Everyone is in panic and trying to make noise to drive the locusts away,” said Oxfam’s Ethiopia Country Director […]

US-Iran conflict restricting aid work in Iraq: Oxfam

Oxfam’s humanitarian work in Iraq is restricted due to heightened security concerns, road checkpoints and travel difficulties, following Iranian missile attacks on US military bases in Iraq overnight in retaliation for the US killing of the Iranian General Suleimani. Oxfam Iraq Country Director Andres Gonzalez Rodriguez said: “We have had to suspend work in three […]

People seeking protection in Greece denied a fair asylum process

Only one in five people seeking asylum in Greece has access to a state-appointed lawyer and on Greek islands only 2 out of 100 appeal cases get access to legal aid, a report by Oxfam and the Greek Council for Refugees (GCR) revealed today. The new report, ‘No-rights zone’, has exposed that people who seek […]

Oxfam welcomes Government promises of better support for refugees

Responding to Immigration Minister David Coleman’s announcement the Government has accepted fully or in part all seven recommendations of the Shergold Review into Australia’s integration, employment and settlement outcomes for refugees, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said: “Oxfam welcomes the Federal Government’s commitment to better support the settlement of refugees in Australia, in response […]

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