Tag: Conflict & Emergencies

10 Enero 2014 | Louis Belanger

In times of crisis, it’s always the poorest people who have to struggle hardest to cope and survive. That’s where Oxfam comes in. We have again been helping people caught up in the world’s biggest crises of 2013.

We witnessed a continuing barrage of natural disasters, such as floods, hurricanes and cyclones. And conflicts around the world have again torn apart the lives of millions of people, trapping them in vicious cycles of violence and poverty.

6 Enero 2014 | Jane Beesley

Typhoon Haiyan caused widespread damage to livelihoods. Among the worst affected, was coconut farming with millions of trees being uprooted, damaged or destroyed.

One coconut farmers association estimated the damage to be around 98%. Dubbed as the “tree of life”, it takes between five to seven years for a coconut tree to become productive so recovery will take a long time.

23 Diciembre 2013 | Jane Beesley

En la isla de Bantayan, en Cebú del Norte, encuentro un ukelele casero. Cuando empiezo a tocarlo, el grupo de gente a mi alrededor se pone a cantar “We wish you a merry Christmas’". No estoy segura de quién es la más sorprendida. La Navidad se celebra a lo grande en Filipinas. En la ciudad de Cebú hay un letrero que pone 'Las doce semanas de Navidad'. Y no bromean. La Navidad es generalmente la mayor festividad del año, pero este no es un año normal.

23 Diciembre 2013 | Jane Beesley

On Bantayan Island, North Cebu, I find a home made ukulele. When I play it the crowd of people around me start singing ‘We wish you a merry Christmas’. I’m not sure who’s the most surprised. Christmas is big in the Philippines. In Cebu City there’s a sign ‘The twelve weeks of Christmas’. They’re not joking. Christmas is normally the biggest event of the year, but this is not a normal year.

11 Diciembre 2013 | Lan Mercado

This post was written by Lan Mercado, Oxfam’s Deputy Regional Director in Asia. She served as Oxfam’s Country Director in the Philippines from 2001-2009. It was written with contributions from Shaheen Chugtai, Deputy Head of Oxfam’s Humanitarian and Security Issues Team, and research from Paht Tan-Attanawin, Oxfam Project Officer.

11 Diciembre 2013 | Ben Phillips

Eso era la bondad de extraños. Cuando Aziz huyó del conflicto de Siria hacia el Líbano, oyó algo acerca de un granjero que permitió a refugiados sirios acampar en su tierra. “¿Cuánto es el alquiler por estar en su tierra?” pregunto a Aziz. "Nada”, me dice, “el agricultor no cobra nada”.

La tienda, hecha por el mismo Aziz con carteles de lona recuperados de viejas vallas publicitarias, está iluminada por una luz eléctrica. “¿Y cómo consigues la electricidad?” le pido. “Del agricultor, él deja que utilicemos su suministro eléctrico de forma gratuita”

5 Diciembre 2013 | Ben Phillips

It was the kindness of strangers. When Aziz fled from the Syrian conflict to Lebanon, he heard about a farmer who allowed Syrian refugees to camp on his land. "How much is the rent to be on his land?", I ask Aziz. "It's nothing," he tells me, "the farmer charges nothing." The tent, made by Aziz himself from recovered tarpaulin posters from old billboard adverts, is lit by an electric light. "How do you get electricity?" "From the farmer. He let's us use his electricity supply for free."

4 Diciembre 2013 | Awa Faly Ba Mbow

As part of the international campaign “16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence,” Oxfam in Mali, Wildaf - a local partner - and International Medical Corps launched an exhibition in Bamako, Gao and Timbuktu, entitled “From shadow into light”.

4 Diciembre 2013 | Sam Rosmarin

Han pasado 20 años desde que la Asamblea General de la ONU aprobó la Declaración sobre la Eliminación de la Violencia contra las Mujeres. A pesar de esto, no parece que los medios de comunicación occidentales hayan encontrado otras maneras abordar la complejidad de este tema, aparte de ofrecer una limitada definición de la violencia  que sufren las mujeres en situaciones de conflicto. Demasiado a menudo, el foco se centra solo en la violación y otras formas de violencia sexual.

3 Diciembre 2013 | Joel M Bassuk

The numbers generated by the ongoing conflict in Syria are truly shocking. This Monday, 9 December, will be the 1000th day of the conflict in Syria. In that time, over 100,000 people have lost their lives. More than 2 million Syrians have had to flee the country. Another 6 and a half million still within Syria have had to leave their homes. Nearly half the population are now in need of humanitarian assistance.

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