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Flooding in India: Worst disaster to hit Jammu and Kashmir region in a century

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Oxfam is responding to flooding in India that has affected people in 2,500 villages in the Jammu Kashmir region, in the worst natural disaster to hit the region in 60 years. Read more »
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Millions of Syrian refugees abandoned

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Despite being the largest humanitarian crisis in the world, the international response to the Syria Crisis is failing. Three and a half years on, the generosity of neighbouring countries such as Lebanon and Jordan is at breaking point, and refugees and poor communities are paying the price. Read more »
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Growing food in a changing climate

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In August, Shirley Laban (Oxfam) and Mala Silas (CARE International in Vanuatu), visited Australia to share their stories on how local communities are meeting the challenges of climate change. Read more »

Gaza ceasefire welcome – but now it’s time to end the cycle of violence once and for all

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After 50 days of intense violence, a new ceasefire in Gaza has been agreed between Israel and Hamas. It’s a welcome and much needed respite for civilians on all sides, following a conflict that has come at a terrible human cost. More than 1,500 civilians in Gaza, and six in Israel, have been killed and […] Read more »
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Gaza Crisis: Open letter to Julie Bishop

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On 20 August 2014, twelve of Australia’s biggest international humanitarian and development agencies wrote to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, calling on the Australian Government to urgently push for a permanent ceasefire in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel, and unhindered access for humanitarian assistance for civilians in Gaza. Read more »
Elizabeth and baby Swampy. Photo: Kieran Doherty/Oxfam

Famine looming over the people of South Sudan

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Elizabeth and her five children live in a shared tent with 20 other people. Her husband was shot and killed, and her families’ home has since been burned down. Now, Elizabeth is worried about what will become of her and her children. Read more »
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The Gaza blockade – a personal story

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Richard Stanforth is Oxfam GB’s Regional Policy Adviser in the Middle East. Here, he shares his personal experience of what life has been like in Gaza under the blockade. I first visited Gaza in spring 2006 when I had just become a policy officer for Oxfam covering Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory. I arrived […] Read more »

Six year olds in Gaza live through their third war

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Salama Shamali is just six years old, yet he has already lived through three wars. I met him just days ago at a school run by a local church, where he and his family sought refuge after their home was bombed. “I am not happy,” he told me. “My house is destroyed. The missiles destroyed […] Read more »
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Oxfam staff in Gaza flee their homes

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The crisis in Gaza has affected everyone living there — including our own Oxfam colleagues, working in incredibly difficult and dangerous circumstances to deliver safe water and food to thousands of families in need. Many of our staff and partners have themselves been forced to flee their homes with their families. They fear for their family’s safety and their children’s future. Read more »
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The destruction of Gaza, a first-hand account

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Arwa Mhanna travelled around Gaza City in during a brief window of calm. She shares her experiences: “The ceasefire lasted only 12 hours, and as I write the violence has returned. On Monday, Al Shifa hospital — where I met so many brave people — was hit, with many casualties being reported. I don’t know if the people I met are alive or dead.” Read more »