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Hurricane Irma: Haiti and Dominican Republic facing ‘the day after’ cleaning up and rebuilding

People in the Dominican Republic and Haiti are facing ‘the day after’ Hurricane Irma, which has caused widespread damage before heading past Cuba and on to the US. Oxfam teams are assessing the needs of the most vulnerable people in the heaviest-hit areas, mainly in the north of both countries. Oxfam’s Tania Escamilla – who […]

Ferocious Hurricane Irma tears through Caribbean, Oxfam responding

As the scale of devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean becomes apparent today, Oxfam staff in Haiti, Cuba and the Dominican Republic are preparing to do assessments and respond to people’s needs. Oxfam’s Tania Escamilla, in Cap Haitien – Haiti’s second biggest city, population 280,000 – with Oxfam’s team, said the organisation worked […]

Oxfam ready to respond to severe Hurricane Irma and closely watching Hurricane Jose

Oxfam country teams and partner organisations in the Caribbean are preparing to respond to potentially severe damage from Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history. The category 5 hurricane has just made landfall in the Caribbean with winds up to 300 kilometres per hour, passing over Barbuda and moving north west […]

Oxfam reaction to the launch of offensive to retake Tal Afar in Iraq from ISIS

Responding to the overnight announcement by the Government of Iraq that it has launched a major push to retake the city of Tal Afar from ISIS, Oxfam’s Deputy Country Director in Iraq Haissam Minkara said: “Traumatised families who have risked their lives to escape the fighting in Tal Afar face soaring summer temperatures and harsh […]

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 […]

Yemen’s man-made catastrophe is forcing people to make live or die choices – Oxfam

Yemenis, already struggling to survive after more than two years of war, are now being forced to choose between treating cholera and putting food on their tables, said Oxfam in a new report published today. For the report, entitled Yemen: Catastrophic Cholera Crisis, Oxfam has spoken to many families who have to rely on selling […]

Yemen cholera worst on record & numbers still rising – Oxfam

The number of people suffering from cholera in Yemen is now the largest ever in any country in a single year since records began, Oxfam said today. At more than 350,000 suspected cholera cases in just three months since the outbreak started, it tops the previous annual record of 340,311 in Haiti in 2011. Though […]

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