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“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fears for people in remote communities hit by Typhoon Nock-Ten: Oxfam

Oxfam holds fears for the safety of people living in remote island communities affected by Typhoon Nock-Ten, which hammered the central Philippines late on Sunday, killing at least six people, displacing hundreds of thousands and knocking out power to five provinces at the height of Christmas celebrations in Asia’s largest Catholic nation. Known locally as […]

Typhoon Nina intensifying in Philippines, Oxfam on standby to respond

Typhoon Nina is intensifying to a possible category four cyclone as the Philippines braces for the tropical storm to hit with destructive winds and heavy rain on Christmas Day. The typhoon, also named Nock-ten, entered the Philippines area yesterday and is intensifying as it bears down to make landfall in the Bicol Region tomorrow. Oxfam […]

Civilians must be protected in Syria: Oxfam

Oxfam is calling for civilians in formerly besieged areas of Aleppo and in neighbouring Idlib Governorate to be protected. Those who have chosen to remain in Aleppo must also have their rights respected, have access to assistance and be free from the risk of reprisal attacks. It is estimated that more than 34,000 people have […]

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