Three months after the clashes in Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP) began, aid agency Oxfam is emphasizing the right of people who had been forced to flee the fighting to be able to return home voluntarily, and the need to ensure safety and security in their home villages.
Two of Australia’s largest aid agencies said today their efforts to help more than 600,000 people affected by fighting in the Swat Valley in Pakistan are in jeopardy because of a lack of funding from wealthy governments and others around the world.
Thousands of lives are at risk in Sri Lanka because aid to refugees is being restricted by a government ban on aid agency vehicles entering the camps, and because of difficulties in securing access for staff, aid agency Oxfam said today.
International agency Oxfam said today that it has had to double its aid effort in Pakistan as the number of displaced people reached more than 2 million, making the crisis the greatest internal displacement of people in the country’s history.
Traumatised, exhausted and half-starved civilians who have fled Sri Lanka’s conflict zone are being housed in camps without decent water and sanitation facilities and with inadequate food supplies, international aid agency Oxfam said today.
As thousands of families continue to flee their homes in northwest Pakistan amid clashes between government forces and organised armed groups, Oxfam International has begun providing emergency relief to around 175,000 women, men and children in urgent need of assistance.
Hundreds of thousands of people who survived Myanmar’s worst-ever cyclone are facing the prospect of being trapped in debt as the one year anniversary of Cyclone Nargis approaches, international aid agency Oxfam said today.
Oxfam International is now providing emergency relief to over 36,000 civilians who have fled fighting between Sri Lankan troops and LTTE rebels in the past few days, amid fears for thousands more women, men and children trapped behind rebel lines and exposed to deadly dangers from the constant clashes.
Oxfam is one of several major aid agencies facing expulsion from northern Sudan following the issue of an arrest warrant by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.
International aid agency Oxfam Australia is lending its expertise in responding to major disasters to help respond to the Victorian bushfire tragedy.