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Second cyclone pummels Mozambique, thousands more lives in danger

Oxfam, and international and local partners, are planning to help people in Mozambique hit by a second devastating cyclone in less than six weeks. Oxfam is part of the COSACA consortium, with Save the Children and Care, now assessing people’s needs and preparing to distribute mosquito nets, food and hygiene kits. Cyclone Kenneth brought torrential […]

Cyclone Kenneth wreaks havoc in Mozambique

Oxfam and its partner organisations are preparing to support relief efforts to help communities in Mozambique after powerful Cyclone Kenneth made landfall today. Just over a month after the country was hit by deadly Cyclone Idai, a storm that killed about 1000 people and affected an estimated two million people across south-eastern Africa, communities in […]

One million South Sudanese have fled to Uganda in world’s fastest growing refugee crisis – Oxfam

As the announcement of 1 million South Sudanese refugees in Uganda was made today by the United Nations (UN), Ranjan Pudyal, Oxfam South Sudan’s Country Director, said: “As long as the senseless, costly and brutal war in South Sudan continues, its people will continue to flee to find protection, food, water and shelter. More than […]

South Sudan: more people hungry than ever despite famine pushed being back

In response to the new IPC figures that show that famine has been pushed back in the two counties of Leer and Mayendit – which have now gone from being in famine to humanitarian crisis – Sara Almer, Oxfam South Sudan Country Director, said: “Thanks to aid efforts, famine has been pushed back in most […]

Oxfam innovates with virtual reality film on water shortages facing families in Kenya

Oxfam today released a powerful, moving virtual reality (VR) film looking at what it means to be a young girl living through drought and experiencing poverty in rural Kenya. Oxfam Australia’s 8-minute VR film, Evelyn’s Story, allows viewers to walk in the shoes of Evelyn, an 11-year-old girl from a remote community in northern Kenya’s […]

One month after South Sudan famine declaration, it’s a race against the rains to save lives – Oxfam

One month since famine was declared in two areas of South Sudan on 20 February 2017, it’s a race against the forthcoming rains to save lives, Oxfam warned today. The annual rainy season, which starts in April or May, will make conditions even more difficult for the people in need of help and the aid […]

“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 […]

Millions facing food, water shortages as drought worsens in Horn of Africa

More than 15 million people in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya are facing serious food and water shortages in a crisis which could have catastrophic consequences in coming months if left unaddressed, Oxfam has warned. The three countries, located near the eastern most tip of the African continent known as the Horn of Africa, have been […]

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