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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.