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Thousands to come together at events to say ‘we can do better’ to Close the Gap

Tens of thousands of Australians are taking part in events on National Close the Gap Day to call for an end to the appalling health gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. More than 1000 events are set to take place around the country on Thursday 16 March to support Australia’s largest campaign to […]

No escape for Syrians seeking safety six years after first protests – Oxfam

Six years since the demonstrations that triggered the descent into a brutal civil war, millions of Syrians are bearing the brunt of increasingly restrictive policies around the world and inside Syria to stop them reaching safety, Oxfam warned today. Amongst the most vulnerable Syrians are the approximately 78,000 people trapped along Syria’s sealed borders with […]

“Too weak to walk”, Oxfam spokesperson available for interview following visit to Unity State, South Sudan

Elizabeth White, Oxfam’s Policy Lead in South Sudan, has just returned to the capital Juba from Nyal in Panyijar County, southern Unity State, which has the worst nutrition situation in the country along with Leer County, which was declared to be suffering from famine last week. People from Leer have been arriving in Nyal in […]

Never has a vision for a more prosperous, peaceful and secure world been needed more

With famine declared in South Sudan and the UN warning of looming famines across Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria, the devastating ongoing war in Syria and the effects of climate change being felt in Australia and the Pacific, an Australian vision for a more prosperous, peaceful and secure world is more important than ever. In its […]

Threat of four famines in 2017 a catastrophic betrayal of our common humanity

The world stands on the brink of an unprecedented four famines in 2017 due to a catastrophic failure by the global community to uphold its obligations to the most vulnerable of people. Oxfam calls on donors to take immediate action to help up to 20 million people now at risk of starvation. Famine was declared […]

Man-made famine in South Sudan reflects international failure

Emma Jane Drew, Oxfam’s Humanitarian Program Manager in South Sudan says: “This is a man-made tragedy, and we are running out of time to avoid it getting worse. In over 30 years working in the affected areas, Oxfam has never witnessed such dire need. Vulnerable people, out of reach of life-saving assistance due to the […]

Oxfam supports Redfern Statement in order to Close the Gap

Oxfam is throwing its support behind calls for the Australian Government to commit to starting a new relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and agreeing to fund the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples. The calls were among those made at a breakfast event today at Parliament House, which saw Aboriginal and Torres […]

Local action, lasting change: Let’s Close the Gap

Local action can drive lasting change and Oxfam is calling on people around the nation to come together next month to help close the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians by 2030. Registrations are now open for National Close the Gap Day 2017 on March 16, with tens of thousands of […]

Just eight billionaires as wealthy as poorest half of the world

Just eight people own the same wealth as the 3.6 billion people who make up the poorest half of humanity, according to a new Oxfam global report revealing the gap between the super-rich and the poor is far greater than had been feared. Oxfam Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said Australia had not escaped the […]

Population double the size of Australia’s in need of aid across the Middle East

More than 47 million people are in need of humanitarian aid in the Middle East at the start of 2017, equivalent to almost double the Australian population, Oxfam said today. The figures, drawn from Iraq, Syria and Yemen as well as Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan, show the scale of the humanitarian crisis […]

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