Learn about current emergencies

When disaster strikes around the world, we move quickly with our partners, to provide life-saving assistance to those in need. Once the immediate danger has passed, we work to rebuild lives and reduce the risk of future disasters. Here are some of the current emergencies we’re responding to around the globe:

Famine in South Sudan

Famine has been declared in parts of northern-central South Sudan. An estimated 100,000 people are facing starvation, with millions more in desperate need of aid. Action is urgently needed to avert worsening famine conditions and food insecurity.

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south sudan famine

Photo: Oxfam. Oxfam has worked in South Sudan for more than 30 years providing food, water distributions and longer term aid. We are responding to the current crisis.

Horn of Africa

The three countries, located in the Horn of Africa region of northeast Africa, Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya, have been gripped by severe drought for months. After being battered by the impacts of one of the strongest El Niño weather cycles ever recorded in late 2015 and early 2016, failed rains in the region late last year have placed millions of people living in poverty in an even more dire situation.

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horn of africa drought

Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam. Oxfam responded to the drought in Ethiopia in 2016. We are continuing to help affected people in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa region.

Africa Crisis

Food shortages and malnutrition have reached alarming levels, especially in children and 9.2 million people are in need of immediate life-saving assistance.
 
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NYAMAR DAU AWAN (Mary), 25 Lives in Dimtoma 1 (informal camp in Melut) Widowed

Photo: Kieran Doherty/Oxfam

Syria Crisis

This is a crisis of staggering proportions. Over 13.5 million people, more than half of Syria’s pre-war population, are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.
 
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Photo: Sam Tarling/Oxfam

Yemen Crisis

The humanitarian situation in Yemen is catastrophic. More than 6,400 people killed and over 31,400 people injured. 21 million people — almost 85% of the population — are in need of humanitarian assistance.
 
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The crisis in Yemen is affecting thousands like Sahem, aged 8, who walks miles each day to fetch water

Photo: Hind Aleryani/Oxfam