Tag: famine

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 […]

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. […]

Yemenis struggle to find bare essentials three years on from first Saudi airstrikes

People in Yemen are struggling to survive on dirty water and meagre portions of bread three years after a Saudi-led coalition carried out its first airstrike on the country in its war with the Houthis, Oxfam said today. Families in remote areas in the north west of the country told Oxfam they could only afford […]

Oxfam Declares “Refugees Welcome” At Trump’s Childhood Home ahead of UN negotiations

One year on from the historic United Nations summit for refugees and migrants, the international community has failed to make meaningful progress towards meeting its goals, Oxfam said today. To put pressure on world leaders ahead of ongoing negotiations at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Oxfam welcomed refugees into President Trump’s childhood […]

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 […]

Further aid cuts would turn Australia’s back on the world’s poorest

Responding to reports that the Prime Minister is today planning to further gouge the Australian aid budget by more than $450 million, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “The Government must not desperately dip into Australia’s already depleted aid budget. “At a time when the world faces multiple humanitarian crises, and after already […]

Millions in Yemen knowingly pushed to the brink of famine – Oxfam

Fighters in the Yemen war and their international backers are wilfully pushing the country to the brink of famine, Oxfam warned today, on the two year anniversary of the escalation of the war (26 March). Nearly 7 million people have been pushed to the brink of starvation and 70 per cent of the population is […]

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 […]

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