Tag: Syria

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 protected in Syria: Oxfam

Oxfam is calling for civilians in formerly besieged areas of Aleppo and in neighbouring Idlib Governorate to be protected. Those who have chosen to remain in Aleppo must also have their rights respected, have access to assistance and be free from the risk of reprisal attacks. It is estimated that more than 34,000 people have […]

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 […]

Oxfam joins Margot Robbie, John Cho and more to launch project in support of refugees

Today Oxfam launches I Hear You, a project designed to amplify the personal stories of the world’s most vulnerable refugees with some of Hollywood’s leading voices. The video series features Australian actress Margot Robbie, John Cho, Oliver Platt and others reading the real-life stories of refugees from around the world who have been forced from […]

Thousands of people in East Aleppo under attack with little food, water and healthcare

Renewed Syrian and Russian airstrikes in East Aleppo are stretching resources beyond breaking point, with more than a quarter of a million people in Syria facing winter with limited food and clean water. Three aid agencies on the ground in the area – Oxfam, the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) and the Big Heart Foundation […]

Government must show leadership on migration and stop grandstanding: Oxfam

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has persisted in spruiking a migration program at the United Nations summit in New York that traumatises and harms vulnerable asylum seekers and migrants, is extremely costly and is increasingly unpopular with the Australian public. Oxfam’s Chief Executive Helen Szoke said rather than wasting time and grandstanding about the benefits of […]

Aid and human rights agencies condemn slow pace on 12,000 refugees promise

The nation’s leading humanitarian and human rights organisations are calling on the Australian Government to resettle the promised 12,000 refugees from Syria and Iraq by the first quarter of 2017. It’s a year today since the Government made the pledge to grant an additional 12,000 Syrians and Iraqis a permanent visa in response to an […]

A refugee or migrant has died every 80 minutes in wake of Alan Kurdi’s death

Since the start of 2016 a refugee or migrant has died almost every 80 minutes while trying to reach another country, international aid agency Oxfam said today. This is despite the public outcry over the death of three-year-old Alan Kurdi in the Mediterranean a year ago today, on 2 September 2015. Oxfam Australia’s Humanitarian Advocacy Lead […]

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