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Threat of four famines in 2017 a catastrophic betrayal of our common humanity

The world stands on the brink of an unprecedented four famines in 2017 due to a catastrophic failure by the global community to uphold its obligations to the most vulnerable of people. Oxfam calls on donors to take immediate action to help up to 20 million people now at risk of starvation. Famine was declared […]

Man-made famine in South Sudan reflects international failure

Emma Jane Drew, Oxfam’s Humanitarian Program Manager in South Sudan says: “This is a man-made tragedy, and we are running out of time to avoid it getting worse. In over 30 years working in the affected areas, Oxfam has never witnessed such dire need. Vulnerable people, out of reach of life-saving assistance due to the […]

Population double the size of Australia’s in need of aid across the Middle East

More than 47 million people are in need of humanitarian aid in the Middle East at the start of 2017, equivalent to almost double the Australian population, Oxfam said today. The figures, drawn from Iraq, Syria and Yemen as well as Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan, show the scale of the humanitarian crisis […]

Typhoon Nina intensifying in Philippines, Oxfam on standby to respond

Typhoon Nina is intensifying to a possible category four cyclone as the Philippines braces for the tropical storm to hit with destructive winds and heavy rain on Christmas Day. The typhoon, also named Nock-ten, entered the Philippines area yesterday and is intensifying as it bears down to make landfall in the Bicol Region tomorrow. Oxfam […]

Civilians must be protected in Syria: Oxfam

Oxfam is calling for civilians in formerly besieged areas of Aleppo and in neighbouring Idlib Governorate to be protected. Those who have chosen to remain in Aleppo must also have their rights respected, have access to assistance and be free from the risk of reprisal attacks. It is estimated that more than 34,000 people have […]

Civilians must be safely evacuated from East Aleppo: Oxfam

With the brief ceasefire in Aleppo having collapsed overnight and the planned evacuation of rebel fighters and civilians being paused, Oxfam is calling for civilians to be helped to flee to safety. Airstrikes and the shelling of rebel-held areas resumed and Oxfam Australia’s Humanitarian Manager Meg Quartermaine said estimates were that somewhere between 50,000 and […]

Oxfam deeply concerned at reports of civilian executions in Aleppo

Responding to reports that dozens of Syrian civilians in formerly rebel-held East Aleppo have been executed by pro-government forces, Oxfam’s Syria Crisis response Manager, Andy Baker, said: “Oxfam is deeply concerned at reports that dozens of civilians, including women and children, have been executed in Aleppo by pro-government forces. “The government of Syria and their […]

Oxfam joins Margot Robbie, John Cho and more to launch project in support of refugees

Today Oxfam launches I Hear You, a project designed to amplify the personal stories of the world’s most vulnerable refugees with some of Hollywood’s leading voices. The video series features Australian actress Margot Robbie, John Cho, Oliver Platt and others reading the real-life stories of refugees from around the world who have been forced from […]

Government announcement on offshore detention must end damaging regime

Responding to the Australian Government’s announcement of a refugee resettlement deal with the United States: Oxfam Australia’s Humanitarian Policy Advisor Dr Nicole Bieske said: “The announcement from the government today to resettle people from Nauru must bring to an end Australia’s damaging offshore processing regime. “Oxfam is concerned that the agreement does not end the […]

‘We just came from the dead’ – number of families fleeing Mosul triples

Iraqi families are suffering appalling injuries and traumas to escape the fighting in Mosul, as the number of people fleeing more than triples in the space of a week. Oxfam and other humanitarian agencies are working to ensure that the support offered in camps and communities keeps pace with the number of new arrivals. One […]

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