A lifeline for Somali families is hanging by a thread

February 23rd, 2015 by Alexandra Chege Posted in Aid, Food security, Health, Humanitarian assistance, Somalia | No Comments »

Degan Ali, Executive Director Adeso and Ed Pomfret, Somalia campaigns and policy manager Oxfam

At a time where ‘resilience’ seems to be the new buzzword on the tip of everyone’s tongue, one of Somalia’s most resilient systems – remittances – is hanging by a thread.

Read the rest of the entry »

Cutting off the Somali Lifeline, a heated debate in Somaliland

February 16th, 2015 by Alexandra Chege Posted in Food security, Humanitarian assistance, Somalia | No Comments »

by Abdikadir D. Askar, Communications Officer, Oxfam-Somaliland

Farhan Jama, a shopkeeper in Hargeisa says losing remittances would have a negative impact on his life. Photo: NAGAAD

Read the rest of the entry »

Direct Action – Oxfam’s response in Minkaman, South Sudan

February 15th, 2015 by Stella Madete Posted in Aid, Conflict, Displacement, Food security, Gender, Humanitarian assistance, Humanitarian assistance, Land, Photos, South Sudan, Water/sanitation | No Comments »

Words and Pictures: Emma Jane Drew

Minkaman in March 2014, two months after the crisis started.

“When I first came to Minkaman a year ago, it was a very sad and sombre picture of shocked people. No smiles, no laughter and the sounds of “thunder” (Bombing in Bor) in the background. Today, Minkaman is a very different place – smiles and laughter can be heard everywhere. Children are playing in all directions, the market has increased tenfold and there is even a new bank. It is wonderful to see the amazing resilience of the South Sudanese and I am very happy that we have played a very strong role in supporting this resilient spirit.” Read the rest of the entry »

Youth making a difference in Wabaado village

January 28th, 2015 by Abdikadir Askar Posted in Agriculture, Ethiopia, Food security, Somalia | No Comments »

Young Ugbad Abdi Dirie in her village

Whenever one visits the Daroor District on the border of Ethiopia and Somaliland, you cannot help but admire the zeal and determination portrayed by the youth of Wabaado village.

Read the rest of the entry »

Ethiopia’s Female Food Heroes – the ‘real heroes of the nation’

January 9th, 2015 by Marc Wegerif Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Winners of Ethiopia's Female Food Heroes competition with Hamelmal, legendary singer and Female Food Hero Ambassador. Hamelmal says: "The women we celebrate today are the real heroes of the nation and I am delighted to be working with them”

I was privileged, one morning not so long ago, to meet eight great women, each from a different region of Ethiopia. Given their different languages and dialects it was necessary for each to have an interpreter and still not one of the interpreters spoke English, communication was not going to be easy for me, but that was hardly the priority. By the end of the two weeks together the women had learnt to work together. Across their different languages, religions and cultures they had one thing in common; they were all Female Food Heroes, selected because they have excelled in agricultural production. Despite facing the many challenges that women food producers encounter these women are all role models working to produce the food that feeds their communities and nation.

Read the rest of the entry »

“For me and my family, life has changed”, says Zahra

December 17th, 2014 by Alexandra Chege Posted in Drought, Health, Somalia, Water/sanitation | No Comments »

Zahra Abdi – a mother of five children has been living in Horseed IDP settlement of Hodan district in Mogadishu for last three years.

“In the beginning here in Horseed IDP camp of Hodan district in Mogadishu, I remember facing a number of challenges.  First there was lack of water and in addition, there was no water source near the camp.  Every morning I would trek a distance of about 1 kilometre to buy water at the cost of 1,000 Somali Shilling (0.05 USD) per 20 litre jerry-can and  I could only afford to buy one or two jerry-cans of water per day, an amount which was far below my household water requirements” describes Zahra.

Read the rest of the entry »

On my 4 years of Somalia…

December 16th, 2014 by Geno Teofilo Posted in Aid, Conflict, Drought, Food security, Humanitarian assistance, Somalia | No Comments »

Before departing, an Oxfam media staffer reflects on his Somalia experiences

Preventing Sexual and Gender Based Violence in Conflict: Are the existing frameworks adequate?

December 10th, 2014 by Moreen Majiwa Posted in Burundi, Conflict, DR Congo, Gender, Governance, Kenya, Pan Africa, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, Women's rights | No Comments »

South Kivu, DRC: Farming is this young mother’s primary source of income. But because of the threat of sexual violence, working in the fields has become so dangerous for women in this area that community members only travel to farms in groups, and only go occasionally. Photo: Aimee Brown/Oxfam

Though women and men are both victims and perpetrators of armed conflict, conflict has strong gendered overtones and affects women and men differently. The violence directed at women – and to a lesser but increasing extent men – during periods of armed conflict is brutal and often takes the form of sexual violence, including, rape, mutilation of sexual organs, sexual slavery and forced pregnancy. While there has been significant global attention at policy levels to prevent and respond to sexual and gender based violence during conflict, paradoxically, practice reveals that women and girls continue to be subject to such violence by both military and civilians in many cases sexual and gender based violence is seen as an inevitable fact of war.

Read the rest of the entry »

Press Release: A Call to Action against Rising Cases of Gender Based Violence in Kenya

December 9th, 2014 by Elizabeth Mueni Posted in Gender, Governance, Kenya, Press release, Women's rights | No Comments »

Oxfam adds its voice to the campaign on violence against women

November 2014 saw violence against women rise to an alarming level with at least five reported cases across the country. These five women have been stripped off naked and also stripped off their dignity by men who claim the women ‘are tempting them’ with indecent dressing. These actions are barbaric and should continually be condemned and severely punished. The more the perpetrators are allowed to get away without punishment, the more the incidences will occur.

Read the rest of the entry »

Fartuun Adan of Oxfam partner Elman Peace & Human Rights Centre wins award

December 2nd, 2014 by Geno Teofilo Posted in Conflict, Gender, Somalia, Women's rights | No Comments »

Award to be presented on 4 December in Berlin by Germany’s Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid

Fartuun Adan of the Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre

Read the rest of the entry »