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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 […]

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. […]

Congo crisis: time for Australia to act

Five leading Australian humanitarian agencies are warning that an urgent funding boost is needed to avert a dire outcome for 13 million people who need humanitarian assistance in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. World Vision, Save the Children, Oxfam, Care, and ActionAid are urging the Australian Government to make a strong commitment at the […]

Millions face severe hunger but Democratic Republic of Congo funding crisis threatens delivery of aid

Millions of people facing severe hunger and acute malnutrition in one of the worst hit areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) risk having life-saving aid cut if donors do not plug a hole in the aid budget, Oxfam warned today. By the start of 2018, the United Nations estimates that 13 million people […]

One million South Sudanese have fled to Uganda in world’s fastest growing refugee crisis – Oxfam

As the announcement of 1 million South Sudanese refugees in Uganda was made today by the United Nations (UN), Ranjan Pudyal, Oxfam South Sudan’s Country Director, said: “As long as the senseless, costly and brutal war in South Sudan continues, its people will continue to flee to find protection, food, water and shelter. More than […]

South Sudan: more people hungry than ever despite famine pushed being back

In response to the new IPC figures that show that famine has been pushed back in the two counties of Leer and Mayendit – which have now gone from being in famine to humanitarian crisis – Sara Almer, Oxfam South Sudan Country Director, said: “Thanks to aid efforts, famine has been pushed back in most […]

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 […]

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