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Oxfam reaction to the launch of offensive to retake Tal Afar in Iraq from ISIS

Responding to the overnight announcement by the Government of Iraq that it has launched a major push to retake the city of Tal Afar from ISIS, Oxfam’s Deputy Country Director in Iraq Haissam Minkara said: “Traumatised families who have risked their lives to escape the fighting in Tal Afar face soaring summer temperatures and harsh […]

Yemen cholera worst on record & numbers still rising – Oxfam

The number of people suffering from cholera in Yemen is now the largest ever in any country in a single year since records began, Oxfam said today. At more than 350,000 suspected cholera cases in just three months since the outbreak started, it tops the previous annual record of 340,311 in Haiti in 2011. Though […]

Response to announcement by Iraqi Security Forces the city of Mosul has been retaken

Responding to an announcement made by the Iraqi Security Forces overnight 9th July 2017 that they have retaken the city of Mosul from ISIS – after a nine-month battle supported by the Australian armed forces – Oxfam’s Country Director in Iraq, Andres Gonzalez said: “The retaking of Mosul will no doubt inspire hope among many […]

South Sudan: more people hungry than ever despite famine pushed being back

In response to the new IPC figures that show that famine has been pushed back in the two counties of Leer and Mayendit – which have now gone from being in famine to humanitarian crisis – Sara Almer, Oxfam South Sudan Country Director, said: “Thanks to aid efforts, famine has been pushed back in most […]

Oxfam welcomes launch of Australian Humanitarian Partnership

Oxfam welcomed today’s launch of the Australian Humanitarian Partnership (AHP) by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and the Government’s long-term funding commitment. At the launch event, held at the Australian Aid warehouse in Brisbane, Minister Bishop announced a five-year $50 million commitment to support humanitarian efforts through six trusted Australian humanitarian organisations and partners, including Oxfam. […]

Yemen: Swift injection of funds is needed after capital hit by surge of new cholera cases

A growing cholera crisis in Yemen, that has already killed more than 120 people with 11,000 suspected cases since April, could deteriorate rapidly unless donor governments immediately send the aid they pledged last month to help the struggling country, Oxfam warned today. The warning comes after authorities in Yemen’s capital Sana’a declared on Sunday that […]

Further aid cuts would turn Australia’s back on the world’s poorest

Responding to reports that the Prime Minister is today planning to further gouge the Australian aid budget by more than $450 million, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “The Government must not desperately dip into Australia’s already depleted aid budget. “At a time when the world faces multiple humanitarian crises, and after already […]

Australia falls to 17 in OECD aid rankings

Responding to reports that Australia has once again fallen in the global aid rankings released annually by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “The Australian Government’s funding cuts have seen aid fall to its lowest levels in our country’s history in relation to our economy. […]

One month after South Sudan famine declaration, it’s a race against the rains to save lives – Oxfam

One month since famine was declared in two areas of South Sudan on 20 February 2017, it’s a race against the forthcoming rains to save lives, Oxfam warned today. The annual rainy season, which starts in April or May, will make conditions even more difficult for the people in need of help and the aid […]

No escape for Syrians seeking safety six years after first protests – Oxfam

Six years since the demonstrations that triggered the descent into a brutal civil war, millions of Syrians are bearing the brunt of increasingly restrictive policies around the world and inside Syria to stop them reaching safety, Oxfam warned today. Amongst the most vulnerable Syrians are the approximately 78,000 people trapped along Syria’s sealed borders with […]

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