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More than 52 million people across Africa going hungry as weather extremes hit the continent

More than 52 million people in 18 countries across southern, eastern and central Africa are facing up to crisis levels of hunger as a result of weather extremes, compounded by poverty and conflict. Some areas are facing a second extreme drought in four years and worse than that sparked by El Nino in 1981. In […]

Death toll in Yemen conflict surpasses 100,000, Oxfam calls for halt to arms sales

Today the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED) announced that the number of reported fatalities in Yemen since 2015 has passed 100,000. This includes over 12,000 civilians killed in direct attacks, ACLED said. Muhsin Siddiquey, Oxfam’s Country Director in Yemen, said: “This is further proof of the mindless destruction and injustice of the […]

Green Climate Fund short-changed by rich, polluting countries – Oxfam

Rich, polluting countries such as Australia, Canada, the Netherlands and the United States are short-changing poor countries of billions of dollars that they need to cut emissions and adapt to the climate crisis, Oxfam said today. The two-day pledging conference to the Green Climate Fund begins in Paris today (Thursday). To date, developed countries have […]

15 million Yemenis see water supplies cut amid fuel crisis

Water supplies have been cut to 15 million people in Yemen because of a fuel crisis, putting them at risk of deadly diseases like cholera, analysis by aid agencies, including Oxfam, has shown. Eleven million people relying on water supplied by piped networks and four million people who depend on water trucked in by private […]

Opinion: Unsung heroes tackling indigenous disadvantage

Opinion piece first published by the Herald Sun newspaper on 16 October 2019: Despite the disadvantages faced by too many of the First Peoples of Australia, we have organised ourselves on a vast scale to improve the wellbeing of our people and communities across our country. This includes creating more than 3,000 Aboriginal and Torres […]

Millions in DRC face lethal mix of Ebola, violence, and inadequate healthcare – Oxfam

A year after the current Ebola outbreak was declared in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Oxfam said the virus, violent conflict and inadequate healthcare were creating a lethal mix. While some progress has been made to contain Ebola, which has claimed the lives of almost 1,800 people, the fact that a second case has […]

Australia must halt arms exports to UAE and Saudi Arabia

In response to ABC Investigations’ findings that Australian arms are being sold to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia – both countries accused of human rights violations and even war crimes in the conflict in Yemen – Oxfam Australia’s Advocacy and Campaigns Manager Conor Costello said: “Shocking numbers of civilians continue to be killed […]

Opinion – Modest response to Australia’s most disadvantaged group

First published in the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday, 13 May: Modest response to Australia’s most disadvantaged group Ngarra Murray is a Wamba Wamba and Yorta Yorta woman and the National Manager of Oxfam Australia’s First Peoples Program. In this election campaign, the major parties have together pledged more than $100 billion in new spending commitments, […]

The climate crisis is here. That’s why our vote matters

First published in RendezView on Thursday, 9 May: The climate crisis is here. That’s why our vote matters Dr Helen Szoke is Oxfam Australia’s Chief Executive. While the Australian Government attempts to defend its indefensibly weak emissions targets, Mozambique is coming to terms with the devastation caused by an unprecedented two deadly cyclones in less than […]

Major spike in cholera likely as agencies struggle to reach infected people in Yemen

Fears are growing that the world’s worst cholera outbreak could be set for a massive resurgence as aid agencies in Yemen are struggling to reach almost 40,000 people suspected to have the disease, Oxfam warned today. Fighting and restraints on access – including checkpoints and permit requirements imposed by the warring parties – are making […]

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