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Equivalent of a quarter of Australia’s population at risk of famine in Yemen

The equivalent of more than a quarter of Australia’s population is on the brink of starvation in Yemen after a year of devastating conflict, Oxfam said today. The scarcity of food caused by the fighting compounded by a looming financial crisis, risks pushing millions into famine. Oxfam Australia Humanitarian Advocacy Lead Nicole Bieske said the […]

Global scale of El Niño-fuelled devastation on poor people revealed by Oxfam in new global map

At least 60 million people around the world are now certain to face worsening hunger and poverty throughout 2016 because of El Niño-fuelled drought and crop failures. The international community can still help prevent an even deeper crisis, but it will take more speed, organisation and resources. Damage is hitting different countries in different ways. […]

BHP takes responsibility for Brazil disaster

Responding to the announcement overnight that BHP Billiton, along with Samarco and Vale, has reached multi-billion dollar compensation agreement with the Brazilian Government, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “Oxfam welcomes the announcement of this multi-billion dollar agreement between the Australian mining company BHP Billiton, its partners and the Brazilian Government.  Oxfam has […]

Fijians band together as Oxfam targets hot spots

Oxfam has ramped up its emergency response and is assisting more than 2,250 families from communities in desperate need of access to a safe water supply and toilets, following Tropical Cyclone Winston’s arrival in Fiji. Cyclone Winston left at least 43 people dead, whole communities destroyed, and 300 schools damaged or wiped out. More than 53,000 […]

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