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More than 52 million people across Africa going hungry as weather extremes hit the continent

More than 52 million people in 18 countries across southern, eastern and central Africa are facing up to crisis levels of hunger as a result of weather extremes, compounded by poverty and conflict. Some areas are facing a second extreme drought in four years and worse than that sparked by El Nino in 1981. In […]

Death toll in Yemen conflict surpasses 100,000, Oxfam calls for halt to arms sales

Today the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED) announced that the number of reported fatalities in Yemen since 2015 has passed 100,000. This includes over 12,000 civilians killed in direct attacks, ACLED said. Muhsin Siddiquey, Oxfam’s Country Director in Yemen, said: “This is further proof of the mindless destruction and injustice of the […]

15 million Yemenis see water supplies cut amid fuel crisis

Water supplies have been cut to 15 million people in Yemen because of a fuel crisis, putting them at risk of deadly diseases like cholera, analysis by aid agencies, including Oxfam, has shown. Eleven million people relying on water supplied by piped networks and four million people who depend on water trucked in by private […]

15 aid agencies warn of humanitarian crisis in North-East Syria

Civilians in north-east Syria are at risk and humanitarian aid could be cut off following the launch of a new military operation in the area, leading aid agencies are warning. Reports from humanitarian responders on the ground say civilians are already on the move and that some vital services have been interrupted, including medical facilities […]

Nearly 1,000 child casualties of Yemen war in year since shocking Sa’ada bus attack

Oxfam Australia continues to call on the Australian Government to immediately halt arms sales to countries involved in the conflict in Yemen, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE, with the news that there have been almost 1000 child casualties of the Yemen war in the past year. More than 300 children have died in fighting across […]

Millions in DRC face lethal mix of Ebola, violence, and inadequate healthcare – Oxfam

A year after the current Ebola outbreak was declared in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Oxfam said the virus, violent conflict and inadequate healthcare were creating a lethal mix. While some progress has been made to contain Ebola, which has claimed the lives of almost 1,800 people, the fact that a second case has […]

Deadly South Asia floods continue to torment millions – Oxfam responds

Deadly floods and landslides in South Asia have already killed 300 people and forced over 12 million more from their homes, as the disaster continues to escalate. During the past few days, India, Nepal and Bangladesh have experienced some of the largest floods in years, threatening millions more people. Oxfam staff in the three countries say […]

Oxfam launches emergency response in flood-hit Indian states of Assam and Bihar

Heavy rainfall and flooding has affected more than 7 million people in two Indian states of Assam and Bihar. Oxfam is responding and providing clean drinking water, emergency shelter and hygiene kits to affected people in several districts of Assam and Bihar. The flooding has caused massive destruction in 30 districts of Assam and 12 […]

Flood risk to Rohingya refugees

Oxfam is warning that thousands of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are in danger after almost a month’s worth of rain fell in just a week. Cox’s Bazar is home to the world’s largest refugee camp, where more than 900,000 refugees live in fragile homes built from bamboo and tarpaulin. Elizabeth Hallinan, Oxfam’s advocacy manager in […]

Oxfam responding as India devastated after Cyclone Fani

Oxfam is getting ready to respond with food, clean water, shelter and hygiene kits to help cyclone-battered communities along India’s eastern coast after powerful Cyclone Fani slammed into the country on Friday. Cyclone Fani is the strongest cyclonic storm since the Super Cyclone of 1999, which claimed close to 10,000 lives. At least three people […]

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