Hunger. Thirst. Disease.

Keep our neighbours in PNG safe

Last year, the weather phenomenon known as El Niño caused a drought across Papua New Guinea. Crops were destroyed. Rivers dried up. Disease was on the rise.

Mothers like Lodwina had to experience the pain of watching their children go hungry.

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We go hungry at times because there is not enough rain … I feel burdened because my children are not going to school because they’re hungry.”
– Lodwina

As rivers and creeks dried up, families like Margaret’s would often drink contaminated water. Disease became a real risk.

When Margaret’s family tried to drink the water from the river, they became sick because the lack of rain meant the rivers and streams “flowed smaller”.


Because it [the river] is smaller than usual, it is more contaminated and it affects them …”
“…when the children are sick, they look pale and they look malnourished and they have sunken eyes. These are some of the symptoms we see so we take them off to hospital
.”
– Margaret

Thankfully, El Niño has passed. But it will take months before families like Lodwina’s and Margaret’s can benefit from their harvests. Even then, their harvest will only give short-term relief from immediate food shortages.

Longer term training is needed so that families have better survival skills during extreme weather conditions.


With your support, Oxfam can help train farmers, provide clean water and continue hygiene training.

Help keep our neighbours in PNG safe from hunger, thirst and disease.

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