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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 […]

Hundreds of teams gearing up for Oxfam Brisbane Trailwalker 2018 challenge

More than 1,000 eager Trailwalkers from across Queensland and further afield are busy preparing physically and mentally for next month’s Oxfam Trailwalker Brisbane, which raises funds to tackle poverty and inequality around the world. Oxfam Trailwalker is one of Australia’s largest charity fundraiser walks and the Brisbane event, now in its sixth year, will take […]

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. […]

Oxfam welcomes ACFID Review into sexual misconduct

Responding to today’s launch of the Australian Council for International Development’s (ACFID’s) independent review into prevention of sexual misconduct, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “Oxfam welcome’s ACFID independent review into the prevention of sexual misconduct in the development sector.  It’s critical that we do everything we can to ensure that those with […]

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 fears worsening humanitarian needs in Gaza

Oxfam today warned that prolonged closure of crossings into Gaza could cut Palestinians from essential goods such as fuel and food and threatens to further deteriorate what is already a dire humanitarian situation. Oxfam’s Country Director for the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel Chris Eijkemans said Israel’s 10-year blockade of Gaza had caused infrastructure and services to collapse, provoking a […]

Aussie fashion brands shift on safety

Leading Australian fashion names lagging behind their industry counterparts must step up after another two popular brands joined a vital new safety accord to protect the workers making our clothes, Oxfam Australia said today. Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Helen Szoke congratulated Workwear Group, owner of Hard Yakka and KingGee, and Licensing Essentials, which produces merchandise […]

Budget lacks hope for Australia’s First Peoples: Oxfam

Commenting on the 2018 Federal Budget, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “The lack of significant funding commitments in this Budget to address the worsening health and unacceptable disadvantage, poverty and discrimination faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples is deeply concerning. “In a Budget that claims to deliver for the battlers, […]

Beleaguered aid budget faces yet another cut in tonight’s Budget: Oxfam

Tonight’s Budget confirms the Federal Government’s continued gouging of the aid budget, an action at odds with the vision it holds for a peaceful and prosperous region, Oxfam Australia said tonight. Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Helen Szoke said the Federal Budget had kept the aid budget roughly in line with inflation at $4 billion, equating […]

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