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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 […]

Fears for people in remote communities hit by Typhoon Nock-Ten: Oxfam

Oxfam holds fears for the safety of people living in remote island communities affected by Typhoon Nock-Ten, which hammered the central Philippines late on Sunday, killing at least six people, displacing hundreds of thousands and knocking out power to five provinces at the height of Christmas celebrations in Asia’s largest Catholic nation. Known locally as […]

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 […]

Thousands of people in East Aleppo under attack with little food, water and healthcare

Renewed Syrian and Russian airstrikes in East Aleppo are stretching resources beyond breaking point, with more than a quarter of a million people in Syria facing winter with limited food and clean water. Three aid agencies on the ground in the area – Oxfam, the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) and the Big Heart Foundation […]

‘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 […]

Iraqis living in ‘smoke-filled hell’ in areas recaptured from ISIS – Oxfam

Thousands of families around Mosul are living in a ‘smoke-filled hell’ with scant access to clean water or medical services after ISIS militants set fire to oil wells while retreating from towns and villages on the way to Mosul, Oxfam said today. ISIS militants have set 19 oil wells ablaze in the Qayarrah area, south […]

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