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Rohingya refugees unprepared as monsoon rains, flooding and landslides continue – Oxfam

The monsoon rains falling on the Rohingya refugee camps near Cox’s Bazar, southern Bangladesh, have caused over 130 landslides, damaged 3,300 shelters and affected 28,000 refugees, Oxfam said today. A survey of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh carried out by Oxfam before the start of the monsoon season found that more than half were almost completely […]

Oxfam provides desperately needed food in DR Congo’s Ebola outbreak

Oxfam has started to provide desperately needed food to thousands of people caught up in the Ebola outbreak in Equateur province. Oxfam is distributing rice, beans and flour, to about 4,525 people. It has already started in Mbandaka – the provincial capital – and plans to extend to rural communities. This is in addition providing […]

Worst fears confirmed for Yemen as violence grips Hodeida: Oxfam

The UN and NGOs received warnings over the weekend for staff to evacuate the vital port of Hodeida by today, Tuesday 12 June, affirming the humanitarian community’s worst fears for Yemen. The UN peace envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, has previously said that this attack would “take peace off the table in a single stroke,” […]

Ongoing volcanic activity in Guatemala sees 12,000 people evacuated, Oxfam providing aid

More than 12,000 people have evacuated from their homes as Guatemala’s Fuego Volcano continues to spew out fresh torrents of lava and rocks, thick ash and blazing hot gas clouds. The official death toll stands at 99, but at least 197 people remain unaccounted for. Ana María Méndez, Oxfam in Guatemala’s Country Director, said: “Volcán […]

Yemen fighting near Hudaydah port threatens to cut lifeline to millions

Escalation of fighting around Yemen’s port city of Hudaydah threatens to cut off essential supplies to millions of people who are already one step away from famine, international agency Oxfam warned today. Oxfam’s Country Director in Yemen, Muhsin Siddiquey said the fighting had already forced hundreds of families to flee their homes. “Yemen is already […]

Oxfam in Guatemala is assessing humanitarian response to “Volcano of Fire” eruption

The eruption of the “Volcan de Fuego” in Guatemala on Sunday has claimed 65 lives, displaced 3,500 people and affected at least 1.7 million people, according to local reports. Oxfam and its partners are assessing the situation on the ground in close coordination with the Guatemalan Government, through its National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction, known […]

Urgent action needed to prevent famine in South Sudan – Oxfam

Oxfam today called for urgent action to prevent millions of people being hit by famine in South Sudan. The warning follows a report last week from the Famine Early Warning Network (FEWSNET) which found that one in five households in the eastern town of Pibor could already be classed as hitting famine levels of hunger. […]

The Rohingya’s harsh reality is getting harsher

First published in The Herald Sun newspaper on 21 May 2018 The impending monsoon rains are bearing down on the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh and there’s no getting around it – it’s going to be a really tough time. I’ve just returned to Melbourne from three weeks working for Oxfam’s Rohingya crisis response team. […]

Oxfam welcomes extra $15 million for Rohingya refugee crisis

Commenting on reports over the weekend that the Australian Government would provide an extra $15 million in funding for the Rohingya refugee crisis, Oxfam Australia Humanitarian Manager Meg Quartermaine said: “Oxfam Australia welcomes the commitment of additional humanitarian funding from our Federal Government as the Rohingya refugee camps prepare for the monsoon season. “While we […]

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