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More people could die daily from COVID-19 linked hunger than the virus itself: Oxfam

Oxfam is warning that hunger linked to COVID-19 could kill as many as 12,000 people a day by the end of the year, potentially claiming more lives each day than the disease itself. The shocking forecast is published today in a new briefing, The Hunger Virus, which noted the global daily COVID-19 death toll reached […]

Oxfam urges Government to condemn Israel’s proposed annexation of parts of the West Bank

Oxfam Australia is urging the Federal Government to take a strong stand against Israel’s proposed annexation of parts of the West Bank, with plans to push ahead with the proposal scheduled to begin today. The call comes amid growing concerns of an escalation of tensions and violence between Israelis and Palestinians in the middle of […]

Gas is a very unstable foundation on which to rebuild from coronavirus crisis

As the recovery from COVID-19 begins, investing in gas will entrench the same problems as coal, including high energy costs, climate damage and pollution, violations of land rights, and a concentration of wealth, a new briefing from Oxfam Australia shows. Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said the briefing paper, “Australia’s energy future & the […]

Women shouldering unpaid care burden amid coronavirus crisis – Oxfam survey

Forty-three percent of women interviewed in a five-country survey reported feeling more anxious, depressed, isolated, overworked or ill because they are having to shoulder even more unpaid care work as a result of the coronavirus crisis, Oxfam said today. The poll shows that while men have also taken on more care work during the pandemic, […]

COP26 conference postponement should not delay urgent climate action

Responding to the announcement that the UN Climate Summit is being pushed back to November 2021 – a year after it was originally scheduled – Oxfam Australia Advocacy and Campaigns Manager Conor Costello said: “The postponement should not delay urgently needed action on climate change which is already increasing poverty and suffering around the world. […]

New locust swarms threaten to increase hunger in parts of Africa already reeling from flooding & coronavirus crisis – Oxfam

Oxfam is warning that millions of people in East and Central Africa, already suffering due to flooding and the impact of coronavirus, are at risk of increased hunger and poverty as they brace for the latest generation of locusts to hatch next month – just when crops are to be harvested. The highest rainfall in 40 […]

Oxfam responds to devastation in the wake of Cyclone Amphan

Cyclone Amphan has left a trail of devastation throughout north-east India and the Bangladesh coast, with over 80 deaths reported so far, destroying homes, embankments and crops, and compounding the suffering in many communities already hit by coronavirus and the impact of the lockdown. The low-lying coastal communities in both countries are amongst the worst hit by the strongest […]

Cyclone threatens Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh as first Covid-19 cases are confirmed

Almost one million Rohingya people in the world’s largest refugee camp are facing the added threat of a cyclone as the first cases of Covid-19 are confirmed, Oxfam warned today. The cyclone, which looks likely to form off the coast over the weekend, could bring further suffering and destruction to the camps on top of a […]

Ceasefire and funding needed by two billion people caught between conflict & COVID-19: Oxfam

Oxfam has calculated that the US$1.9 trillion in 2019 global military spending would have paid for the UN’s updated coronavirus appeal more than 280 times, as the aid agency again calls for the Australian Government to contribute its fair share to the global pandemic response. A new Oxfam report, Conflict in the Time of Coronavirus, […]

Rapid and massive increase in aid needed to save millions of lives amid COVID-19 crisis

To live up to the once-in-a-century coronavirus crisis, save lives and build a better global future, Oxfam is calling on wealthy nations to massively and urgently raise new international aid funds. A new briefing prepared by Oxfam, “Whatever it takes. Coronavirus”, calls for wealthy nations – including Australia – to make available the resources needed […]

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