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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 […]

More people could die daily from COVID-19 linked hunger than the virus itself: Oxfam

Oxfam is warning that hunger linked to COVID-19 could kill as many as 12,000 people a day by the end of the year, potentially claiming more lives each day than the disease itself. The shocking forecast is published today in a new briefing, The Hunger Virus, which noted the global daily COVID-19 death toll reached […]

Women shouldering unpaid care burden amid coronavirus crisis – Oxfam survey

Forty-three percent of women interviewed in a five-country survey reported feeling more anxious, depressed, isolated, overworked or ill because they are having to shoulder even more unpaid care work as a result of the coronavirus crisis, Oxfam said today. The poll shows that while men have also taken on more care work during the pandemic, […]

New locust swarms threaten to increase hunger in parts of Africa already reeling from flooding & coronavirus crisis – Oxfam

Oxfam is warning that millions of people in East and Central Africa, already suffering due to flooding and the impact of coronavirus, are at risk of increased hunger and poverty as they brace for the latest generation of locusts to hatch next month – just when crops are to be harvested. The highest rainfall in 40 […]

Oxfam responds to devastation in the wake of Cyclone Amphan

Cyclone Amphan has left a trail of devastation throughout north-east India and the Bangladesh coast, with over 80 deaths reported so far, destroying homes, embankments and crops, and compounding the suffering in many communities already hit by coronavirus and the impact of the lockdown. The low-lying coastal communities in both countries are amongst the worst hit by the strongest […]

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