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The Rohingya’s harsh reality is getting harsher

First published in The Herald Sun newspaper on 21 May 2018 The impending monsoon rains are bearing down on the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh and there’s no getting around it – it’s going to be a really tough time. I’ve just returned to Melbourne from three weeks working for Oxfam’s Rohingya crisis response team. […]

Oxfam welcomes extra $15 million for Rohingya refugee crisis

Commenting on reports over the weekend that the Australian Government would provide an extra $15 million in funding for the Rohingya refugee crisis, Oxfam Australia Humanitarian Manager Meg Quartermaine said: “Oxfam Australia welcomes the commitment of additional humanitarian funding from our Federal Government as the Rohingya refugee camps prepare for the monsoon season. “While we […]

Oxfam calls for political leadership on aid

Responding to remarks made overnight in London by Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific that “it could be politically difficult to increase aid spending” because of a perceived lack of public support, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Helen Szoke said: “Oxfam is alarmed by claims made overnight by Minister for International Development and the […]

Australian aid changes lives but falls further behind other wealthy nations

Responding to reports that Australia has, for the third year in a row, fallen in the global aid rankings released by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “The OECD’s newly released rankings have seen Australia fall again, this time from 17 to 19 out of the 29 […]

Congo crisis: time for Australia to act

Five leading Australian humanitarian agencies are warning that an urgent funding boost is needed to avert a dire outcome for 13 million people who need humanitarian assistance in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. World Vision, Save the Children, Oxfam, Care, and ActionAid are urging the Australian Government to make a strong commitment at the […]

Yemenis struggle to find bare essentials three years on from first Saudi airstrikes

People in Yemen are struggling to survive on dirty water and meagre portions of bread three years after a Saudi-led coalition carried out its first airstrike on the country in its war with the Houthis, Oxfam said today. Families in remote areas in the north west of the country told Oxfam they could only afford […]

Oxfam asks women’s rights leaders to carry out urgent independent review

An independent commission will be set up with immediate power to carry out a wide-ranging review of Oxfam’s practices and culture, including its handling of past cases of sexual misconduct. It comes as Oxfam announces a comprehensive plan of action to strengthen safeguarding systems across the organisation, and stamp out abuse. The plan was agreed […]

Thousands trapped in Syria’s Afrin district need protection and aid – Oxfam

Refugees and residents in the Afrin district of Syria are trapped between warring parties on the border with Turkey without any protection or proper medical supplies, Oxfam warned today. The international agency called for safe access for humanitarian relief as the co-chair of the Health Council in Afrin province Angela Rasho reported that civilians there […]

Yemen still starved of food and fuel after month-long suspension of blockade: Oxfam

Yemen’s northern ports have only imported just over half the country’s monthly food supply and only 18 per cent of its fuel supply since a Saudi led-coalition’s blockade was temporarily lifted three-and-a-half weeks ago, Oxfam said today. The continued restrictions of vital supplies further endangers the 8.4 million people living on the brink of famine […]

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