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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

Oxfam welcomes Australian Government’s $10m of aid to support Mosul’s civilians

Oxfam welcomes today’s announcement by the Australian Government of $10 million in life-saving support for Mosul’s civilians, as fighting in the city intensifies. The humanitarian organisation further urges the Australian Government to do what it can to advocate for the protection for civilians fleeing fighting, as Iraqi troops and Kurdish forces, supported by the Coalition, […]

Offensive to retake Mosul begins, Oxfam concerned for civilians

The Iraqi Prime Minister has announced the start of the military operation to retake the city of Mosul from ISIS and Oxfam is concerned hundreds of thousands of civilians risk being caught in the crossfire. Families in Mosul face a terrible choice between staying in ISIS controlled areas where many have reportedly suffered extreme violence […]

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