Kaydinta biyaha si loo sugo mustaqbalka Xadka Somaliland-Ethiopia”

March 23rd, 2015 by Alexandra Chege Posted in Agriculture, Drought, Ethiopia, Food security, Health, Humanitarian assistance, Somalia, Water/sanitation | No Comments »

Dumar badan waxay ku tahay socod dheer oo daal badan keliya inay biyo nadiif ah u helaan qoysaskooda

“Halkii Dhibic Kastaa Tirsanayd”

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Saving Water to Secure the Future on the Somaliland-Ethiopia border

March 20th, 2015 by Abdikadir Askar Posted in Agriculture, Drought, Ethiopia, Food security, Health, Humanitarian assistance, Somalia, Water/sanitation | No Comments »

For many women it can be a long tiring walk just to find clean water for their families. Photo Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

Water is life. Water is on everyone’s mind, and as we observe World Water Day on 22 March, the time has come for us to take action and find ways to conserve this limited resource so that future generations can also make use of it.

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Securing women’s land rights, Gongoni Village, Tanzania

March 13th, 2015 by Marc Wegerif Posted in Agriculture, Food security, GROW campaign, Gender, Governance, Land, Tanzania, Women's rights | No Comments »

Hot tea, no milk, but a bit of ginger and other spice to add flavour, a large chapatti; this was my breakfast in the village of Gongoni on 4th March. I was sitting under a grass roof supported on a wobbly stick structure. The sun was up, but not yet burning hot. Colleagues I was with had tea or soup with a bit of meat. The chapattis came from a women sitting on the ground under the same rough shelter in a red shirt rolling the dough flat on a wooden block before cooking it with some oil on a curved metal plate on top of a charcoal stove to her side. Unusually the person who actually served us the tea and soup was a man; perhaps a good sign given our reason for being in the village.

Fatuma holds the certificate to her land.

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Make it Happen – celebrating women in South Sudan

March 6th, 2015 by Stella Madete Posted in Conflict, Displacement, Food security, Gender, Governance, Humanitarian assistance, Peacebuilding, South Sudan, Women's rights | No Comments »

Women in South Sudan are resilient, empowered change-makers: they are farmers, journalists, youth leaders, teachers, poets. They support each other, their families and their communities. In a country at war, women have become the backbone of their communities.

To mark this year’s International Women’s Day, read and share stories from some of the many inspiring women, who against all, are making change happen in South Sudan.

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Women and financial inclusion in Somalia

March 6th, 2015 by Alexandra Chege Posted in Education, Food security, Gender, Health, Somalia | No Comments »

Women Making it Happen in South Sudan – Stella’s Story

March 6th, 2015 by Stella Madete Posted in Conflict, Food security, Gender, Governance, Humanitarian assistance, Peacebuilding, South Sudan | No Comments »

Stella Gitano at Juba University. Photo: Andrea Campeanu.

“I hope that I don’t continue writing about war and destruction. I want peace to come so that I can write about the experiences of individuals, who overcome troubles, meet their aspirations, their hopes and their ambitions, and enjoy their success” – Stella Gitano – Writer – Juba

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Safe spaces to heal – supporting women in South Sudan

March 6th, 2015 by Stella Madete Posted in Aid, Conflict, Education, Food security, Gender, Governance, Humanitarian assistance, Peacebuilding, Photos, Refugees/IDPs, South Sudan, Women's rights | No Comments »

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.

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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

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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 »