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One month after South Sudan famine declaration, it’s a race against the rains to save lives – Oxfam

One month since famine was declared in two areas of South Sudan on 20 February 2017, it’s a race against the forthcoming rains to save lives, Oxfam warned today. The annual rainy season, which starts in April or May, will make conditions even more difficult for the people in need of help and the aid […]

“Too weak to walk”, Oxfam spokesperson available for interview following visit to Unity State, South Sudan

Elizabeth White, Oxfam’s Policy Lead in South Sudan, has just returned to the capital Juba from Nyal in Panyijar County, southern Unity State, which has the worst nutrition situation in the country along with Leer County, which was declared to be suffering from famine last week. People from Leer have been arriving in Nyal in […]

Never has a vision for a more prosperous, peaceful and secure world been needed more

With famine declared in South Sudan and the UN warning of looming famines across Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria, the devastating ongoing war in Syria and the effects of climate change being felt in Australia and the Pacific, an Australian vision for a more prosperous, peaceful and secure world is more important than ever. In its […]

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 […]

Hunger stalks north-eastern Nigeria as millions of people face severe hunger

The ongoing conflict with Boko Haram in West Africa has pushed the number of people facing the threat of severe hunger to more than 6 million according to the latest assessments, say 15 humanitarian organisations. The warning comes as governments and donors meet to talk about the humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad Basin region […]

New Panama Papers revelations expose rampant tax dodging in Africa

Responding to the new revelations of the Panama Papers (https://panamapapers.icij.org), Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said:
“The latest Panama Papers revelations expose rampant tax dodging that is allowing multinational companies to avoid paying their dues, particularly how shadow companies are shifting billions in revenue derived from highly lucrative mining and extractives operations across Africa,” Dr Szoke said.

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