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Oxfam comment on Rohingya Refugee Returns announcement

Commenting on reports today that the repatriation of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh to Myanmar will begin in mid-November, Oxfam’s head of regional advocacy for the Rohingya crisis, Rachael Reilly said from Yangon, Myanmar: “It is deeply concerning that Rohingya people may be sent back to Myanmar to face the same persecution they fled. “Refugees in […]

Oxfam calls for urgent action to get Kids Off Nauru

Responding to reports that proposed legislation would allow children and families detained on Nauru to be transferred to New Zealand, Oxfam Australia’s Head of Public Policy and Advocacy Rachel Ball said: “Oxfam Australia welcomes the news 11 children were removed from Nauru earlier this week, and welcomes the attention from politicians on the remaining children […]

August the bloodiest month for civilians in Yemen – Oxfam

August has been the bloodiest month this year for civilians in Yemen, with 300 children killed among almost 1000 civilian casualties. This is due to a combination of the warring parties’ reckless disregard for civilian lives and the failure of their political backers to offer any action to prevent the carnage, Oxfam said today. The […]

Thousands of Syrians out of reach of aid – Oxfam

Thousands of Syrians forced from their homes due to the recent fighting in Dar’a Province in southern Syria are unable to get the help they desperately need, international aid agency Oxfam said today. Amid scorching summer temperatures, families need shelter, water, food and medical care but access for humanitarian agencies is limited and not enough […]

Rohingya refugees unprepared as monsoon rains, flooding and landslides continue – Oxfam

The monsoon rains falling on the Rohingya refugee camps near Cox’s Bazar, southern Bangladesh, have caused over 130 landslides, damaged 3,300 shelters and affected 28,000 refugees, Oxfam said today. A survey of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh carried out by Oxfam before the start of the monsoon season found that more than half were almost completely […]

Oxfam voices serious concerns on Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Bill

Appearing today before the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security supplementary public consultation on the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Bill, Oxfam Australia’s Public Policy and Advocacy Manager Rachel Ball said: “Advocating to the Government and public is an important part of Oxfam’s work in empowering communities and tackling poverty, and without significant amendments we […]

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 welcomes extra $15 million for Rohingya refugee crisis

Commenting on reports over the weekend that the Australian Government would provide an extra $15 million in funding for the Rohingya refugee crisis, Oxfam Australia Humanitarian Manager Meg Quartermaine said: “Oxfam Australia welcomes the commitment of additional humanitarian funding from our Federal Government as the Rohingya refugee camps prepare for the monsoon season. “While we […]

Congo crisis: time for Australia to act

Five leading Australian humanitarian agencies are warning that an urgent funding boost is needed to avert a dire outcome for 13 million people who need humanitarian assistance in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. World Vision, Save the Children, Oxfam, Care, and ActionAid are urging the Australian Government to make a strong commitment at the […]

Thousands trapped in Syria’s Afrin district need protection and aid – Oxfam

Refugees and residents in the Afrin district of Syria are trapped between warring parties on the border with Turkey without any protection or proper medical supplies, Oxfam warned today. The international agency called for safe access for humanitarian relief as the co-chair of the Health Council in Afrin province Angela Rasho reported that civilians there […]

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