Tag: Oxfam Australia

Five millionth refugee: a quarter of Syria’s population have fled across the borders

After six years of brutal conflict the five millionth Syrian refugee fled their country overnight to seek safety – the total now equivalent to a quarter of the country’s pre-war population. Oxfam and three Syrian organisations have called on the international community to recommit support to Syrians forced to flee. Oxfam Australia’s Chief Executive Dr […]

Syrian and Iraqi refugee resettlement success leaves room for expansion – Oxfam

Responding to reports that visas have been provided to all of the 12,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees to be resettled under the additional intake, Oxfam Australia’s Humanitarian Policy Advisor, Nicole Bieske said: “Oxfam welcomes the Australian Government’s announcement that visas have been provided to all of the 12,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees to be resettled […]

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 […]

Government announcement on offshore detention must end damaging regime

Responding to the Australian Government’s announcement of a refugee resettlement deal with the United States: Oxfam Australia’s Humanitarian Policy Advisor Dr Nicole Bieske said: “The announcement from the government today to resettle people from Nauru must bring to an end Australia’s damaging offshore processing regime. “Oxfam is concerned that the agreement does not end the […]

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 […]

’Tis the season to shop ethically

Oxfam Australia is challenging the nation to make 2016 our most ethical Christmas yet by committing to purchase at least one ethically sourced item this festive season. Research shows that if one in four Aussies made one ethical Christmas purchase through Oxfam, Australia could raise more than $11.5 billion for the fight against poverty. That’s […]

Super Typhoon Haima lashes Philippines, Oxfam on standby to respond

Typhoon Haima, known locally as Lawin, is currently hammering the northern Philippines, becoming the second category four typhoon to hit the country in a week. Bringing winds of 230 km/h, with gusts up to 260 km/h, the typhoon poses a risk to 2.78 million people in seven provinces within the 100-kilometre radius, according to the […]

Oxfam ready to respond to Super Typhoon Haima in Philippines

Oxfam is preparing to respond to Super Typhoon Haima as it heads for the northern Philippines, should assistance be requested. Known locally as Lawin, Super Typhoon Haima is predicted to make landfall in northern Luzon overnight and is packing devastating winds of up to 270 km/h. Oxfam Australia’s Associate Director of International Programs Anthea Spinks […]

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