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Time to get serious about the Arms Trade Treaty

by Ben Murphy, Humanitarian Advocacy Officer, Oxfam Australia. Ben will be blogging and tweeting (@Ben_Murphy83) from insude the UN Arms Trade Treaty conference all next week. Once again, I’m joining a group of campaigners from around the world for a one-week session of the negotiations towards an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) at the UN in […] Read more »
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Are we facing a major global food price crisis?

New figures show that world prices are at their highest level since the organisation started measuring them in 1990 – topping prices seen in June 2008 at the height of the last global food crisis. Why is it happening and what can we do about it? Read more »
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Sudan: Strangers back home

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. Read more »

Southern Sudan to vote on their future

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. Read more »
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

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. Read more »

Shooting Poverty winning films released

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. Read more »
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When will things let up for Haiti?

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? Read more »
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Harvesting prosperity in the West Bank

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. Read more »

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. Read more »

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. Read more »