Tag: Conflict & Emergencies

24 Febrero 2014 | Farah Karimi

When I touch the sensitive subject of security, all I see is discomfort and eyes wandering off to avoid mine. On Friday (21 February) 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.

Just 17 years old, Nyebuony escaped the violence in South Sudan, together with her three siblings. No parents, just them, as appears to be quite common in this crisis.

21 Febrero 2014 | Farah Karimi

El martes por la mañana recibimos malas noticias desde Malakal. El equipo de Oxfam en la ciudad nos informó de que se habían producido intensos ataques militares en la capital del estado del Alto Nilo. Nuestros compañeros y compañeras, que trabajan promocionando la salud entre las personas que viven en el complejo de Naciones Unidas, tuvieron que refugiarse en los búnkeres de la base. Aún están esperando a que los combates disminuyan para ser, probablemente, evacuados.

20 Febrero 2014 | Farah Karimi

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.

14 Febrero 2014 | Aimee Brown

"No podríamos volver a nuestras casas ni aunque llegara la paz. No es seguro". 

Estas palabras me las dijo una abuela que conocí en un campo de desplazados internos en Sudán del Sur y evidencian las incongruencias tan grandes que existen en esta joven nación. También son una muestra de los retos que es necesario superar para devolver a este país a la situación en la que se encontraba antes del pasado 15 de diciembre y – siendo aún más optimistas– a la senda del desarrollo.

14 Febrero 2014 | Aimee Brown

“Even if peace would come, we cannot return home. We are not safe.” 

These words, spoken by a grandmother who I met at an IDP camp in South Sudan, demonstrate the depth of the rifts that exist in this young nation.  It also gives an indication of the challenges that need to be surmounted to get this country back to where it was before 15 December last year – and even more optimistically, on a path to steady development.

12 Febrero 2014 | Steve Cockburn

Moussa – not his real name - stood with his last pile of groundnuts, just one of three traders left in a vast, empty market that, before the recent conflict in Central African Republic, used to burst with life. He told me that he had already sent his wife and children out of the country, because he feared for their safety. As soon as he sold his last stock, he would go too.

11 Febrero 2014 | Shaheen Chughtai

Nestling between picturesque snow-capped mountains and the shimmering waters of Lake Geneva lies the Swiss town of Montreux, which hosted the opening day of the Syria peace talks just a few short weeks ago.

7 Febrero 2014 | Peter Kamalingin

Cuando la semana pasada llegué a Arua y Adjumani me quedé realmente asombrado.

Desde diciembre pasado, estos dos distritos en el norte de Uganda han acogido a más de 60.000 sursudaneses que buscan desesperadamente un refugio seguro lejos de la violencia de su país de origen.

7 Febrero 2014 | Jane Beesley

We might feel aggrieved when we’ve gone out of our way to do something for someone and receive no word of thanks afterwards. I’m sure most of us have felt that way and have been equally guilty of failing to say ‘thank you’ at some time. But working as part of Oxfam’s emergency response team my colleagues and I don’t expect to receive any thanks from the people we work with. It’s our job and it’s their right to receive help during the worst of times - when a disaster has devastated their lives, families, homes, communities, countries. 

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