Oxfam partner SONYO meets Obama’s African Affairs Advisor at White House

April 14th, 2014 by Geno Teofilo Posted in Governance, Peacebuilding, Somalia | No Comments »

Meeting was held at the White House (Photo: USG)

Oxfam partner SONYO (Somaliland National Youth Organisation) has announced that their Executive Director, Saeed M. Ahmed, has recently met with US officials at the White House in Washington, DC. Saeed had been on a two week visit to the United States as a participant in the “International Visitor Leadership Program”.

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Press Release – Contaminated water a grave threat to Somalis

March 27th, 2014 by Geno Teofilo Posted in Displacement, Health, Humanitarian assistance, Somalia, Water/sanitation | No Comments »

More clean water and improved sanitation are urgently needed.

As “World Water Day” is marked this month with events around the world, today millions of Somalis remain in danger by simply taking a drink of water. Contaminated water and a lack of sanitation are killers in this country, where waterborne diseases are a constant threat to health. Only 30% of Somalis have access to clean water, leaving the majority vulnerable to several life threatening diseases.

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South Sudanese refugees benefit from computer training

March 14th, 2014 by Geno Teofilo Posted in Displacement, Education, Humanitarian assistance, South Sudan, Uganda | No Comments »

Ruben focuses on a computer screen in Dzaipi.

Ruben Ngong Guet has the same likes and dreams as many average teenagers. An 18 year old student, he wants to become a doctor someday. He enjoys computers. He enjoys football, and supports Chelsea. When he takes the field to play football, he’s a striker. “I like scoring goals,” Ruben says, “but there’s no ball here.”

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Celebrating our “Humming birds”; Susan Akol, PHP Assistant, Mingkamen

March 8th, 2014 by Aimee Brown Posted in Displacement, Gender, Health, Humanitarian assistance, Peacebuilding, Refugees/IDPs, South Sudan, Water/sanitation | No Comments »


Susan Akol, a public health promotion assistant for Oxfam and one of the only women in a team delivering water, hygiene and sanitation services in Mingkamen, Awerial County.
Photo: Aimee Brown/Oxfam

I am a public health promotion assistant and we have three activities here in Mingkamen – latrines, garbage collection and water monitoring. I move around and supervise the different activities  – I monitor the garbage collection and go to all the water points to collect data. I also check the toilets and make sure they have been cleaned.

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International Women’s Day; Celebrating our “Humming Birds” across our region

March 8th, 2014 by Ngele Ali Posted in Agriculture, Burundi, Conflict, Countries, DR Congo, Drought, Education, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Food security, GROW campaign, Gender, Governance, Health, Humanitarian assistance, ICT 4 Development, Kenya, Land, Pan Africa, Peacebuilding, Refugees/IDPs, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Water/sanitation, Women's rights | No Comments »


To mark International Women’s Day in HECA. We are celebrating all things women for the next 10 days. Women who have inspired our work in their own special way…women doing small things for a bigger impact within and for their communities.

As inspired by the late Kenyan environmentalist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, we are celebrating our own ‘humming birds’. In many occasions, Wangari used the story of the humming bird to inspire people to do the best that they can instead of standing on the sidelines watching while the world needs us all. This reference comes from an African parable that depicts the hummingbird working tirelessly to put out a forest fire while the other animals stood around and watched. It is an inspiring story about being able to overcome enormous challenges with determination and courage. You can hear Prof Maathai recount the story here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-btl654R_pY

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Women in Somalia; challenges and changes

March 7th, 2014 by Geno Teofilo Posted in Gender, Somalia, Women's rights | No Comments »

Conditions are still difficult for many women throughout Somalia.

Somalia has gathered headlines over the years as a difficult place for women to live, due to continuing food shortages and ongoing insecurity throughout the country. But the famine is now over, and conditions there have been changing. These days, the outside world hears very little about what life is like for the average Somali woman.

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Fleeing and forgotten – South Sudanese refugees in Uganda

February 25th, 2014 by Aimee Brown Posted in Displacement, Humanitarian assistance, Refugees/IDPs, South Sudan, Uganda | No Comments »

Shelter is an urgent need for new South Sudanese refugees arriving in northern Uganda. This family sleeps under the blanket covered frame behind them. Oxfam/Geno Teofilo

Blog post by Oxfam media officer Geno Teofilo on a visit to South Sudanese refugee centres in northern Uganda:

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A critical look at aid in the South Sudan crisis

February 24th, 2014 by Aimee Brown Posted in Gender, Humanitarian assistance, Photos, South Sudan, Uganda, Women's rights | No Comments »

Blog post by Oxfam Novib Executive Director Farah Karimi on her visit to South Sudanese refugee centres in northern Uganda:

Again, when I touch the sensitive subject of security, all I see is discomfort and eyes wandering off to avoid mine. On Friday I met with another young woman, a girl in fact, who is so uncomfortable speaking about the topic, in this camp for South Sudanese refugees in Arua, North Uganda.

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Who will protect?

February 21st, 2014 by Farah Karimi Posted in Conflict, Displacement, Humanitarian assistance, Peacebuilding, Refugees/IDPs, South Sudan | No Comments »

On Tuesday morning we received bad news from Malakal. The Oxfam team there reported heavy military attacks on the capital of Upper Nile State. Our colleagues, who were working on health promotion with the people living in the UN Compound, had to move to the bunkers in the base. They are still waiting for the fighting to decrease, when they will likely be evacuated.

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South Sudan: Signs of hope amongst the violence

February 18th, 2014 by Aimee Brown Posted in Conflict, Displacement, Health, Humanitarian assistance, Peacebuilding, Refugees/IDPs, South Sudan, Water/sanitation | No Comments »

Oxfam staffer Susan Akol helps to ensure water, hygiene and sanitation messages are delivered to those living in Minkaman, Awerial County. Photo: Aimee Brown/Oxfam.

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