Disease hits Burundi refugee community seeking safety on the shores of Lake Tanganyika

May 22nd, 2015 by Aimee Brown Posted in Burundi, Conflict, DR Congo, Displacement, Health, Humanitarian assistance, Photos, Refugees/IDPs, Rwanda, Tanzania, Water/sanitation | No Comments »

There's no adequate clean water on Kagunga beach, and many are reporting sickness. Sick refugees receive basic medical attention on the boat to Kigoma. Photo: Oxfam/James Akena

Overcrowding on the thin strip of rocky beach at Kagunga, where over 40,000 people are estimated to have fled from neighbouring Burundi, has been so severe that women and children sit right at the water’s edge on the soaked sand as they wait for the boats to arrive.

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“It’s time for Women’s Power to Stop War!” – My take from the WILPF 2015 Conference

May 21st, 2015 by Alexandra Chege Posted in Gender, Governance, Peacebuilding, Somalia, Uncategorized, Women's rights | No Comments »

By Josephine Wambui

Participants following a presentation during the conference. Photo by Mir Grebäck von Melen

100 years ago in April, over 1300 women came together in the Hague to protest the 1st World War. These were the founders of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).  100 years later and over 1,000 women (representing over 80 countries) met in the Hague to not only remember what the previous generation had done and achieved so far but to also connect, strengthen and celebrate the work of peace makers across the world as well as discuss new and radical approaches to stop and prevent wars and establish principles of permanent peace. The conference did not disappoint. The list of speakers including Madeleine Rees OBE, (Secretary General, WILPF), Edith Ballantyne (long standing member of WILPF – over 80 years old), Zahra Langhi (Founder Director of Libyan Women’s Platform for Peace) amongst other key note and sessions speakers in addition to the engaging participants made it worthwhile.

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South Sudan is a land of plenty. So why are 2.5 million of its people going hungry?

April 30th, 2015 by Stella Madete Posted in Aid, Conflict, Drought, Food security, Governance, Humanitarian assistance, Photos, South Sudan | No Comments »

It was a pleasure to photograph these three women, who were waiting in line at a food distribution in Jonglei, South Sudan. We had a good laugh about my awkward attempts to communicate. Like many parts of the country affected by the conflict, Jonglei is facing a serious food security crisis. Photo: Vanessa Parra/Oxfam America

As the rainy season approaches, peace is more essential than ever.

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South Sudanese families being pushed to the brink – Press Release

April 21st, 2015 by Stella Madete Posted in Conflict, Food security, Humanitarian assistance, Refugees/IDPs, South Sudan | No Comments »

In South Sudan, many have exhausted their food stocks, been displaced from their homes and missed opportunities to plant and farm.

Press Release

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2015, the Year of Revolution: beyond the Millennium Development Goals

April 14th, 2015 by Aimee Brown Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

By Alex Prats, Oxfam Deputy Regional Director, Horn, East and Central Africa

The adoption of the Millennium Development Goals made many people believe that another world was certainly possible in 2015. However, despite some positive progress (see the 2014´s progress report), the results achieved are not what we all expected, to a large extent because of an estimated annual investment deficit of USD 120bn (OECD).

The new agenda for sustainable development, now under construction and to be finalised later this year, will be even more ambitious than the current MDGs. According to a World Bank report, the investment required may be around USD 1tn every year. Other estimations provided are even higher. In times of scarce public resources, how will we be able to generate such an amount of money to fight poverty and inequality?

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Pushed beyond breaking point: communities in South Sudan’s north facing second year of hunger and isolation due to conflict

April 14th, 2015 by Stella Madete Posted in Aid, Conflict, Drought, Food security, South Sudan | No Comments »

Nyamor Nwat, 40, feeds her extended family on one bucket of millet a day. But that will soon run out, forcing them to survive by eating grass and leaves. Photo: Oxfam

Nyamor Nwat, 40, feeds her extended family on one bucket of millet a day. But that will soon run out, forcing them to survive by eating grass and leaves. Photo: Aimee Brown/Oxfam

By Aimee Brown, Oxfam’s Regional Media and Communications Advisor

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Life in a conflict zone: why the South Sudanese are longing for peace

April 9th, 2015 by Stella Madete Posted in Aid, Conflict, Displacement, Food security, Humanitarian assistance, South Sudan | No Comments »

A group of South Sudanese people gather at an Oxfam food distribution site and share stories with Oxfam America President Ray Offenheiser describing what it was like to flee their homes. Photo: Vanessa Parra / Oxfam America

Oxfam America’s president, Raymond C. Offenheiser, reflects on his visit to a country in the grip of a massive hunger crisis.

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Women in Turkana celebrate their individuality, culture successes and the journey ahead!

April 9th, 2015 by Alexandra Chege Posted in Gender, Kenya, Women's rights | No Comments »

Written by Roxanne Abdulali, Arid Lands Programme Manager

IWD celebrations in Turkana County

During the celebrations of International Women’s Day on 8th March, I had an exciting week of meeting incredible women from Turkana County. I was making a routine field visit to oversee governance training that Oxfam was running for coalition representative from the Community Disaster Management Committees (CDMC) in Turkana. The training was sensitising CDMC members on the government structures and the budgeting processes adopted at county and national levels, arming them with essential information required to advocate for their DRR identified priorities.  This is  to be budgeted for in the annual budgeting and planning processes.

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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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