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The Rohingya’s harsh reality is getting harsher

First published in The Herald Sun newspaper on 21 May 2018 The impending monsoon rains are bearing down on the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh and there’s no getting around it – it’s going to be a really tough time. I’ve just returned to Melbourne from three weeks working for Oxfam’s Rohingya crisis response team. […]

Oxfam fears worsening humanitarian needs in Gaza

Oxfam today warned that prolonged closure of crossings into Gaza could cut Palestinians from essential goods such as fuel and food and threatens to further deteriorate what is already a dire humanitarian situation. Oxfam’s Country Director for the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel Chris Eijkemans said Israel’s 10-year blockade of Gaza had caused infrastructure and services to collapse, provoking a […]

Oxfam calls for Electoral Matters Bill to be scrapped

Responding to the report published today by the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters, Oxfam Australia Head of Public Policy and Advocacy Rachel Ball said: “Along with many major Australian not-for-profits and charities, Oxfam is calling for the Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform Bill to be withdrawn for extensive redrafting and proper consultation. “Despite the […]

Congo crisis: time for Australia to act

Five leading Australian humanitarian agencies are warning that an urgent funding boost is needed to avert a dire outcome for 13 million people who need humanitarian assistance in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. World Vision, Save the Children, Oxfam, Care, and ActionAid are urging the Australian Government to make a strong commitment at the […]

Yemenis struggle to find bare essentials three years on from first Saudi airstrikes

People in Yemen are struggling to survive on dirty water and meagre portions of bread three years after a Saudi-led coalition carried out its first airstrike on the country in its war with the Houthis, Oxfam said today. Families in remote areas in the north west of the country told Oxfam they could only afford […]

Oxfam asks women’s rights leaders to carry out urgent independent review

An independent commission will be set up with immediate power to carry out a wide-ranging review of Oxfam’s practices and culture, including its handling of past cases of sexual misconduct. It comes as Oxfam announces a comprehensive plan of action to strengthen safeguarding systems across the organisation, and stamp out abuse. The plan was agreed […]

Thousands trapped in Syria’s Afrin district need protection and aid – Oxfam

Refugees and residents in the Afrin district of Syria are trapped between warring parties on the border with Turkey without any protection or proper medical supplies, Oxfam warned today. The international agency called for safe access for humanitarian relief as the co-chair of the Health Council in Afrin province Angela Rasho reported that civilians there […]

Yemen still starved of food and fuel after month-long suspension of blockade: Oxfam

Yemen’s northern ports have only imported just over half the country’s monthly food supply and only 18 per cent of its fuel supply since a Saudi led-coalition’s blockade was temporarily lifted three-and-a-half weeks ago, Oxfam said today. The continued restrictions of vital supplies further endangers the 8.4 million people living on the brink of famine […]

Yemen being pushed ever closer to famine after 1,000 days of war: Oxfam

Yemen is being pushed ever closer to famine after 1,000 days of a brutal war, exacerbated by a crippling blockade of key northern ports that is starving its people of food, fuel and medicine, Oxfam warned today. Around 90 per cent of Yemen’s food has to be imported, and since a Saudi-led coalition imposed a […]

Rohingya refugees say no return to Myanmar without equal rights: Oxfam report

Rohingya refugees interviewed by Oxfam in Bangladesh say they will not go back to Myanmar until their safety can be guaranteed and they have equal rights, including being able to work and travel freely, according to a report released today. The report, “I still don’t feel safe to go home”: Voices of Rohingya refugees, found […]

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