Khadija

Syria crisis: ‘Your work lifts us from darkness into light’

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Khadija, who chose to give us a false name and cover her face for fear of reprisals when she returns to Syria, fled to Lebanon two months before this picture was taken on May 4, 2013, after being displaced numerous times within Syria by fighting between opposition and regime forces. She now lives in a […]

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Photo: Oxfam's office in Mugunga camp, DRC. Photo: Colin Delfosse/Oxfam

Letter from the DRC

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This heart-breaking dispatch from Oxfam’s Eddy Mbuyi in DRC provides a whole new perspective on the conflict currently ravaging Goma.

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Some of the children at Teresa's creche. Photo: matthew Willman/OxfamAUS

Keeping them safe: Teresa’s story

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This week, we meet Teresa, one of the refugee women that RSS has helped to set up a home-based childcare centre. Here, Teresa talks about the challenges and satisfaction of keeping vulnerable children safe.

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Folders of interviewees at the RSS office, South Africa. Photo: Matthew Willman/OxfamAUS

Keeping them safe: building a community

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In part 2 of her interview, Yasmin tells us more about RSS’s work with refugee women, supporting them as they rebuild their confidence and find a place in their new communities.

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Kids absorbed in their colouring-in class at a home-based childcare centre, Durban. Photo: Gcina Ndwalane/OxfamAUS

Keeping them safe: how home crèches help

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So where did this genius idea to train refugee women in South Africa to run their own home-based creches come about? Oxfam partner Refugee Social Services. In this blog post, their director tells the story.

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Andrew Hewett and Natasha Stott Despoja meets residents of Mentao Refugee camp. Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

On the ground in West Africa

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Oxfam’s Andrew Hewett and former Democrats leader Natasha Stott Despoja are currently visiting Burkina Faso, one of the West African countries experiencing terrible food shortages. On their first day, they visited Mentao refugee camp.

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First Home Project

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Welcome to Australia ambassador Jarrod McKenna, his wife Teresa and son Tyson are hoping to buy their first home. And they’d like it to be the first Australian home for refugees and asylum seekers who are facing Perth’s housing crisis too. There is a housing crisis in Perth. Only 2% of rental properties are vacant. The […]

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Medina washes clothes outside her makeshift shelter at the camp. Photo: HIJRA

What a difference a jerry can makes

A year since famine was declared in parts of Somalia, we bring you this good-news story about how the humble jerry can is making a huge difference in Mogadishu IDP camps.

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Jo Harrison with Dadaab residents Saadia Yussif Abdi and her mother, Maryon Mohamed. Photo: Jo Harrison/Oxfam

Dadaab: One year after the famine

One year after the East Africa food crisis was declared, Oxfam Great Britain’s Jo Harrison returns to northen Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp to see how its residents are doing.

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South Sudan – one year on

One year after independence, South Sudan is facing its worst humanitarian crisis since the end of the war in 2005. These unforgettable photos, mostly taken at Jamam refugee camp, reveal the human side of this alarming situation.

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Refugees have no choice. You do.

Refugee Week 2012 runs from Sunday 17 June to Saturday 23 June. Its theme is “Restoring Hope”, a reminder that refugees often leave their homes with nothing but the hope of finding a better life in another country.

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The Concord Project

Apathetic, self-obsessed teens? Whatevs…students tackling the tough issues

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Students from Cheltenham Girls High School are taking action on issues of children in detention – and proving to be leaders in their own right.

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Speaking up for children in detention

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A global campaign to end the immigration detention of children was recently launched by the International Detention Coalition. This month, Australia comes under their spotlight — with good reason.

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Meeting Tony Abbott

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On Tuesday 6th December, as part of an internship at Oxfam, I had the opportunity to hear Tony Abbott at a community forum. My supervisor, WA Campaigns Coordinator Paddy Cullen was keen to find out Tony Abbotts view on how he would fund the Green Climate Fund to help developing countries deal with climate change, […]

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“We walked with our children on our backs”

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An estimated 1.8 million women, men, and children in Somalia have been driven from their homes by the combination of famine and conflict. Since early August, Oxfam has provided clean water and sanitation for an estimated 11,000 Somali refugees in Hilaweyn camp, in Dollo Ado, Ethiopia. Three refugees in the camp share their stories:

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A new approach to regional cooperation on refugee protection

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Oxfam has joined with other NGOs from our Asia Pacific region in a joint statement on the Australian Government’s announcement that it intends to subvert the recent ruling by the High Court on the treatment of asylum seekers.

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Habibo’s story

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As famine creeps across southern Somalia, the Bay region is the latest area to be affected. Habibo, a widowed mother of three, fled the area after losing all her livestock to drought. She now lives in Mogadishu’s crowded Badbado camp.

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Praying for paradise

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Heralding the end of Ramadan, the Eid Al Fitr holiday is usually a time of celebration for Muslims. For those in the Dadaab refugee complex, however, it’s just another day spent praying for survival. Oxfam Australia’s Chee Chee Leung reports.

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Australia needs to invest in solutions for the many, not the few

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Amidst all the debate surrounding the newly signed deal between the Australian and Malaysian Governments, Oxfam’s Refugee Rights Advocacy Coordinator Tamara investigates the true human cost of this agreement.

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Refugees in Dadaab search for shelter

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The largest refugee complex in the world, northern Kenya’s Dadaab camp is desperately overcrowded and struggling to provide shelter for the 9,000+ people arriving from drought-stricken Somalia every week.

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Hot topics in the classroom

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How do you incorporate a controversial topic like refugees and asylum seekers into your classroom? This week’s blog includes excellent resources to give you some starting points…

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Refugee Week

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What are you planning for Refugee Week this year (June 19-25)? Our intern Ben Campbell gives you a few options.

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Photo: Charles Bambara/Oxfam

Ivory Coast crisis: a family’s stories

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Displaced from their homes by political violence, many Ivoirians have sought refuge in the relatively peaceful town of Man. Oxfam’s Charles Bambara listens to one family’s stories.

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Human Rights and Arts Film Fesitval

Human Rights Arts and Film Festival

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This year, as in past gone by, Oxfam is proud to be supporting the Human Rights and Arts Film Festival.

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