What Winston left behind

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One year after Cyclone Winston — the worst cyclone in Fiji’s history — killed 44 people and destroyed more than 32,000 homes, the beautiful island nation is bouncing back.

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Toughing it out in Iraq

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As determined families return to Iraq to rebuild and others brace for the next round of violence, Oxfam helps locals strengthen their ability to respond and recover.

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What would you do in these circumstances?

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With a record 65 million people currently displaced around the world, it’s easy to forget we’re talking about real people facing real danger. These are the stories of just five refugee children and their families. Ordinary people forced to make extraordinary choices as they flee war, violence and persecution.

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An ordinary father taking extraordinary action

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Ordinary people are performing extraordinary acts in the hope of a better life for their families. Worldwide, more than 65 million people have been forced to flee their homes to be free from conflict, violence and persecution. This includes around half the Syrian population.

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A man is hauled from the rubble in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake.

One year after disaster, you’re building a stronger Nepal

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A year ago a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. Thousands of Oxfam supporters took action and generously donated. In this blog, you’ll meet just some of the people whose lives have changed thanks to your response.

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Efate, Vanuatu: Daniel stand on a beach holding a fishing spear and leaning on a withered palm tree.

Is climate change outwitting traditional knowledge?

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More than one year after Tropical Cyclone Pam ripped through Vanuatu, families are still battling the devastating effects of the aftermath and other climate change related impacts. Communities could once cope with traditional practices, but there’s now strong new evidence that suggests they’ve reached their limit.

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Cyclone Winston emergency update: catastrophic damage for entire communities in Fiji

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The destructive force of Cyclone Winston in Fiji has left at least 41 people dead, whole villages destroyed and 117 schools damaged or wiped out.

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Omar*, 13, from Daraa in Syria, flies a kite in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. “Every time I fly my kite, I feel free,” he says. Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

10 things you should never have to do in a refugee camp

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These refugees are living in camps or among local communities in Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Egypt. In total, 12 million Syrians – more than half of the pre-war population – are in need of humanitarian assistance for basics like food, water and shelter. They are trying their best to survive and live their lives despite the hardship and devastating impacts of the war still raging in their homeland.

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Oxfam is now working on some exciting cyclone recovery initiatives including partnerships with disabled persons’ organisations and community-based women’s groups in Shefa province.

When disaster strikes for people with disability

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People with disability already face many barriers to enjoying equal access and inclusion in society. So in the face and aftermath of disaster and conflict, people with disability are particularly vulnerable.

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Photo: Abo Haitham

Yemen: the crisis you didn’t know about

Noor* and her husband once had a medical clinic in north Yemen, along the border of Saudi Arabia. Now they have a mound of rubble. Yemen is undergoing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. One in two people in Yemen — nearly 13 million people — are now struggling to find enough to eat. Of that number, half of them are on the brink of starvation. One family shares their story.

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Liberia officially declared Ebola free. What happens next?

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A year ago Liberia recorded its first case of Ebola. In the months that followed, the country would experience the highest number of Ebola cases and deaths. But in May 2015, Liberia was officially declared Ebola free. There is hope for the people of West Africa – but survivors now face a new challenge.

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The spirit of Vanuatu: 3 months since Cyclone Pam

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About three months ago, Oxfam Vanuatu Country Director Colin Collett van Rooyen, opened his front door in Port Vila not knowing what to expect. Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam had torn through Vanuatu’s capital just hours before. Today, he reflects on Oxfam’s recovery efforts and the incredible spirit of the people of Vanuatu.

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Nepal’s mountain guides helping Oxfam deliver aid to remote villages

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In the last month two large earthquakes and more than 100 aftershocks have devastated Nepal. Thousands of survivors are now without homes — and with the monsoon season around the corner — Oxfam’s top priority is to deliver shelter and emergency aid as soon as possible. Read 9 stories of survival.

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Photo: Abo Haitham

Ongoing violence in Yemen pushing country towards economic collapse

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With the escalation of conflict in Yemen now in its second month, the country is now in the midst of an unfolding humanitarian catastrophe. Water supply systems have been heavily damaged, food prices are spiralling out of control, and more than 300,000 people have been displaced. Oxfam program officer Bassim describes how the crisis has changed his life.

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Photo: Eleanor Farmer/Oxfam

Making common sense of the Protection of Civilians

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In 2012, Oxfam Australia commenced a project with Dr Phoebe Wynn Pope and the Australian Civil-Military Centre to deepen understanding of how different actors – military and civilian, political and humanitarian – understand the concept of the Protection of Civilians (POC) in armed conflict. Access the report online.

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Sharing lessons from Cyclone Pam in Samoa

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Just two months ago Vanuatu took a direct hit from Cyclone Pam — one of the strongest cyclones ever recorded in the South Pacific. You have seen the images, read the stories, and are no doubt following Vanuatu’s determined efforts to rebuild and recover. But there is another story waiting to be told.

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Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam Intermon

Oxfam delivering aid in Nepal

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Oxfam has been delivering aid for more than a week, building pit toilets, providing shelter and clean water and distributing hygiene kits to families in the wake of the Nepal Earthquake. The following images are from Tundikhel camp — one of the biggest Internally Displaced Peoples (IDP) camps in Kathmandu. An 11,000 litre water tank has been installed and 20 pit toilets have been constructed.

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Nepal earthquake

2.8 million displaced: Nepal survivors face second disaster

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The earthquake in Nepal has razed more than 70,000 homes to the ground and damaged countless others. Thousands of people are now homeless and sleeping outdoors, too afraid to return to their homes. Without clean water, sanitation and life saving aid, disease is imminent. Sangita, her husband and their two children are just on family who lost everything after the Nepal earthquake.

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Nepal Earthquake Photo: Aubrey Wade/Oxfam

Oxfam responds to Nepal earthquake: people of Nepal in dire need.

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The heartbreaking aftermath of the Nepal earthquake continues. Oxfam is on the ground already providing clean water, pit toilets and emergency shelter to survivors in Kathmandu Valley camps. — but the people of Nepal are in dire need of more emergency relief. Oxfam is aiming to provide aid to at least 350,000 people but we need your help today.

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Photo: Shristi Rajbhandari

Donations needed in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake

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Oxfam teams are now in Kathmandu responding to Nepal’s most powerful earthquake in decades. More than 3.5 million people are estimated to have been affected by the earthquake that hit on Saturday. Thousands of people are sleeping in the open to avoid being crushed in further building collapses and survivors are now vulnerable to hidden health risks. […]

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Kathmandu was ever a disaster-in-waiting

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Shaheen Chughtai (Oxfam’s Deputy Head of Humanitarian Policy and Campaigns) is in Kathmandu. She shares her firsthand experiences The densely populated capital of one of the world’s poorest countries clings to the slopes of the seismically unstable Himalayas.

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Yemen Crisis

One aid worker is courageously telling the world what life is really like in Yemen right now

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Nuha is an aid worker in Yemen and speaking out the conflict now affecting millions of ordinary people in her home country. She shares a firsthand perspective on life in the midst of airstrikes and food shortages: “I am usually optimistic, but I’m not now. Even if the conflict ends soon the humanitarian situation will unfold. Then the shock and the extent of the suffering here in Yemen will become apparent”.

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The aftermath of Cyclone Pam in Utas, Vanuatu. Photo: Amy Christian/OxfamAUS

Journey to Ambrym: delivering aid to Vanuatu

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It was on Monday 23 March when the first Vanuatu ferry loaded its cargo of much-needed aid for some of the northern and most remote islands of Vanuatu. Oxfam had 400 hygiene kits on board ready to give to the worst affected communities on Ambrym Island.

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Cyclone Pam and climate change

Meeting the global climate challenge: What would a fair contribution from Australia look like?

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In December, the world will come together to finalise a new global climate agreement. Well before negotiators land in Paris to hammer out the details, countries must announce their provisional targets for the post-2020 period, when the new agreement will take effect.

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