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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 […]

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 […]

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