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Sudan: Strangers back home

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Martha Bol, a widow, and her children, spent their first night back in Leer county in southern Sudan sleeping outside in the cold. It wasn’t quite the homecoming she was expecting, but she was still excited to be back after spending the last two decades living on the outskirts of Khartoum, in the north of Sudan.

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Southern Sudan to vote on their future

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Southern Sudan is preparing for its historic referendum on 9 January, in which southerners will vote whether to become the world’s newest independent country. Augustino Buya, one of Oxfam’s longest serving staff, reflects on how life in Juba – the southern capital – has changed over the past few decades of war and peace.

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Claude, Survivor of December 2009 atrocities in the Makombo area of Haut-Uélé district, DRC

Freedom from fear: Protecting people from one of the world’s most brutal rebel groups

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Across central Africa, men, women and children live in fear of the Lord’s Resistance Army. This predatory group attacks women as they perform their daily tasks – fetching water or tending to their fields – and children returning from school. The LRA has become the most deadly militia in eastern Congo, with Christmas time marked by appalling massacres.

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Shooting Poverty winning films released

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Watch the winning films from Shooting Poverty – an opportunity for filmmakers from around the world to create a short documentary showing the deadly impacts of armed violence and irresponsible transfers of weapons on ordinary people.

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When will things let up for Haiti?

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In the past ten months, a country that initially faced extreme poverty has dealt with a devastating earthquake, heavy rains and storms, and now a fast-spreading cholera epidemic. For outsiders, Haiti’s recovery seems frustratingly slow. For organizations working here, the question is where to start?

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Harvesting prosperity in the West Bank

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Since 2007 we’ve been working with the European Union and partners to help Palestinian olive farming co-operatives gain Fair Trade certification and maximise the economic potential of their crops.

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Laos: the world’s most bombed country

NGO representatives meet in Laos, for the First Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions – which basically means the first annual meeting since the cluster bomb treaty was agreed.

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How illicit arms brokers can slip through gaps

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Oxfam International has produced a new report, Brokers without Borders: How illicit arms brokers can slip through gaps in the Pacific and international arms control system to examine the problem of illicit arms brokering.

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Afghans left out of aid decisions

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Oxfam Australia Executive Director Andew Hewett argues that real progress in Afghanistan will only be made with the involvement of the Afghan people.

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Shooting Poverty winners announced

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The winners have been announced for the “Shooting Poverty” film competition – 3 films are now in production showing the link between guys and poverty. Check out this short promo video.

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Murphy’s lore: Never give up

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An interview with Ben Murphy, who works as a Humanitarian Advocacy Officer at Oxfam Australia. Ben recently spent 2 ½ weeks in New York as part of the Oxfam advocacy team campaigning for an internationally legally binding Arms Trade Treaty. Originally posted at 3things.

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The Pacific’s loud voice at the UN Arms Trade Treaty negotiations

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Whilst the Pacific has escaped the ‘AK-47’ plague that has caused suffering and disaster in other parts of the world, the region has certainly not been free from the scourge of gun violence and conflict.

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NGOs share their voice at the Arms Trade Treaty Prepcomm

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On Friday 16 July 2010, the Control Arms alliance, which includes Oxfam, were given an opportunity to present their position on the elements of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), to nations of the world involved in negotiations.

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Arms Trade Treaty talks move to secrecy

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Last minute decision by Chair ‘deeply disappointing’ –Civil society fears future treaty will be weakened

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Day 2 of the Arms Trade Treaty talks

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Summary of Day 2 of the Arms Trade Treaty talks in New York

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Day 1: negotiating an Arms Trade Treaty

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Overview of Day 1 of the Preparatory Committee for Negotiating an Arms Trade Treaty in New York

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Bulletproof arms trade treaty needed to stop abuses

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For too long, a largely unregulated arms trade has thrived on non-transparency and legal loopholes. This has created situations where corruption, impunity, diversion/theft, and unaccountability are able to run rife in many parts of the world.

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