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Oxfam welcomes launch of Australian Humanitarian Partnership

Oxfam welcomed today’s launch of the Australian Humanitarian Partnership (AHP) by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and the Government’s long-term funding commitment. At the launch event, held at the Australian Aid warehouse in Brisbane, Minister Bishop announced a five-year $50 million commitment to support humanitarian efforts through six trusted Australian humanitarian organisations and partners, including Oxfam. […]

Cholera in Yemen killing one person nearly every hour

Yemen is in the grip of a runaway cholera epidemic that is killing one person nearly every hour and if not contained will threaten the lives of thousands of people in the coming months, Oxfam said today. The humanitarian organisation is calling for a massive aid effort and an immediate ceasefire to allow health and […]

Yemen: Swift injection of funds is needed after capital hit by surge of new cholera cases

A growing cholera crisis in Yemen, that has already killed more than 120 people with 11,000 suspected cases since April, could deteriorate rapidly unless donor governments immediately send the aid they pledged last month to help the struggling country, Oxfam warned today. The warning comes after authorities in Yemen’s capital Sana’a declared on Sunday that […]

Oxfam spokespeople available for interview 6 months on from start of Mosul offensive

Tom Robinson, Oxfam’s emergency team lead in Iraq, is available for interviews from Erbil. He is part of a team who are rehabilitating a water plant to bring drinking water to the residents still living in western Mosul. Over 320,000 people have fled Mosul and surrounding areas since the offensive began on the 17 October. […]

High risk of cyclone hitting Vanuatu: Oxfam monitoring

Oxfam is closely monitoring after a cyclone warning was issued for Vanuatu, as numerous provinces brace for damaging gale force winds and flooding. Oxfam Vanuatu Country Director Elizabeth Faerua said the latest forecast warned there was a high risk the tropical low would develop into a cyclone within the next 12 hours. Ms Faerua said […]

Oxfam response to chemical weapons attack in Syria

Oxfam’s response to horrifying chemical gas attack in Syria: “Oxfam condemns the horrifying attacks in Idlib. The pictures of children being asphyxiated with chemicals are truly shocking and must prompt action. “These attacks are the latest example of the terrible suffering endured by the Syrian people in this terrible conflict and are the tragic result of the […]

Oxfam poised to help after deadly landslides in Colombia

Responding to reports that more than 200 people are dead and a similar number missing a result of the mudslides in Colombia on the weekend, Oxfam Australia Humanitarian Support Unit Manger Meg Quartermaine said: “Flooding and mudslides in the town of Mocca, the result of heavy rains in Colombia’s Putumayo region, have killed more than […]

Five millionth refugee: a quarter of Syria’s population have fled across the borders

After six years of brutal conflict the five millionth Syrian refugee fled their country overnight to seek safety – the total now equivalent to a quarter of the country’s pre-war population. Oxfam and three Syrian organisations have called on the international community to recommit support to Syrians forced to flee. Oxfam Australia’s Chief Executive Dr […]

Millions in Yemen knowingly pushed to the brink of famine – Oxfam

Fighters in the Yemen war and their international backers are wilfully pushing the country to the brink of famine, Oxfam warned today, on the two year anniversary of the escalation of the war (26 March). Nearly 7 million people have been pushed to the brink of starvation and 70 per cent of the population is […]

Syrian and Iraqi refugee resettlement success leaves room for expansion – Oxfam

Responding to reports that visas have been provided to all of the 12,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees to be resettled under the additional intake, Oxfam Australia’s Humanitarian Policy Advisor, Nicole Bieske said: “Oxfam welcomes the Australian Government’s announcement that visas have been provided to all of the 12,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees to be resettled […]

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