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Oxfam statement on the escalation of hostilities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel

Civilians are once again paying the price for the failures of political leaders to negotiate a just and lasting peace for Palestinians and Israelis. Instead, we are witnessing yet another cycle of death and destruction that brings us no closer to addressing the root causes of the crisis and drives further human rights violations, poverty […]

Over 5 million people face extreme hunger as the Tigray conflict surges past six months

Six months of conflict in northern Ethiopia has deepened a food crisis in the region, leaving more than five million people facing extreme levels of hunger. A climate-fuelled locust infestation had already driven up levels up food insecurity, and now conflict has left thousands of farmers with few tools, little livestock and nothing to plant […]

Massive fire in Bangladesh’s Rohingya refugee camps leaves 45,000 people displaced

A massive fire that swept through the refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, on Monday has left 10,000 families—roughly 45,000 people—displaced and in urgent need of food, water, and sanitation services, Oxfam warned today. The fire was yet another devastating blow to the Rohingya people who fled shocking violence and persecution in Myanmar. The fire […]

Yemen at tipping point as COVID-19 second wave hits amid renewed fighting and famine fears – Oxfam

Evidence is mounting that a second wave of COVID-19 is already underway in Yemen, Oxfam warned today, with a 22-fold increase in recorded cases in recent weeks. It comes at a time when it is feared renewed fighting will force hundreds of thousands of people to flee to safety. Oxfam said that a second spike […]

Poorest bear economic brunt of pandemic while billionaires’ fortunes boom: Oxfam

Australia’s 31 billionaires have seen their fortunes increase by nearly $85 billion since the global COVID-19 pandemic was declared, Oxfam has revealed on the opening day of the World Economic Forum’s Davos Agenda meetings. Analysis shows that the staggering increase would be enough to give the 2.5 million poorest Australians a one-off payment of just […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

One air raid every ten days on hospitals, clinics, wells and water tanks throughout Yemen war

Medical and water infrastructure in Yemen has been hit during air raids almost 200 times since the conflict escalated more than five years ago, Oxfam said today, as the country continued to battle its outbreak of COVID 19. That’s equivalent to one air raid every ten days during the conflict affecting hospitals, clinics, ambulances, water […]

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