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Unite to protect the most vulnerable: Oxfam

Protecting the most vulnerable people and communities and taking care of one another must underpin our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said today. “We understand the deep concerns of people here and overseas as we all grapple with great uncertainty and a rapidly changing context in a bid to […]

Rainy season threatens huge cholera spike in Yemen as conflict hampers efforts to address forgotten crisis

Yemen is suffering a forgotten cholera crisis, Oxfam said today, as it warned the number of people there with the disease could spiral as the country approaches rainy season in April and health systems are close to collapse. The north is at greatest risk because of the scarcity of water there. The five governorates of Sana’a, […]

Two Oxfam workers killed in attack in Syria

Two Oxfam aid workers were today killed in an attack at 2pm local time in Dar’a governorate in Southern Syria, between Nawa and Al-Yadudah. Wissam Hazim, Southern Hub Staff Safety Officer and Adel Al-Halabi, a driver, were both killed when their vehicle was attacked by a so-far unidentified armed group. An Oxfam volunteer was also […]

Locusts swarm into northern Uganda as Oxfam looks toward a $5m response across region

Locust infestations have just hit two new districts in northern Uganda as they continue to plague Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia, and threaten Sudan and South Sudan. There are also reports of the swarms now in Tanzania. “Everyone is in panic and trying to make noise to drive the locusts away,” said Oxfam’s Ethiopia Country Director […]

Australia’s leading aid agencies issue plea for urgent action to address rapidly escalating global climate crisis

Four of Australia’s leading international aid agencies have joined forces to issue an urgent plea to the Federal Government to act swiftly to address the climate crisis, as fires continue to rage across Australia and millions globally face floods, crippling food shortages and other climate-related events. World Vision Australia, Oxfam Australia, Plan International Australia and […]

US-Iran conflict restricting aid work in Iraq: Oxfam

Oxfam’s humanitarian work in Iraq is restricted due to heightened security concerns, road checkpoints and travel difficulties, following Iranian missile attacks on US military bases in Iraq overnight in retaliation for the US killing of the Iranian General Suleimani. Oxfam Iraq Country Director Andres Gonzalez Rodriguez said: “We have had to suspend work in three […]

People seeking protection in Greece denied a fair asylum process

Only one in five people seeking asylum in Greece has access to a state-appointed lawyer and on Greek islands only 2 out of 100 appeal cases get access to legal aid, a report by Oxfam and the Greek Council for Refugees (GCR) revealed today. The new report, ‘No-rights zone’, has exposed that people who seek […]

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 […]

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