Blog: South Sudan, one of the most challenging places to be a humanitarian

On World Humanitarian Day Pieter Struijf, Oxfam’s Program Manager for Jonglei, writes about the challenges of delivering aid in rural South Sudan and the crucial role played by the local staff.

1.5 million people have been displaced by this conflict. Almost 100,000 have sought shelter in UN bases like this one in Bor.

Blog: South Sudan at 3: A tenuous shelter behind razor wire

Today marks South Sudan’s third year of independence. But in the past seven months, the sense of unity that brought its people together in 2011 has been lost, pushing 1.5 million from their homes and forcing many to live in appalling conditions.

 Casi cien mil han buscado refugio en bases de Naciones Unidas como esta en Bor. Foto: Kieran Doherty/Oxfam

Blog: Sudán del sur: "Si decís que nadie debería vivir así, ¿por qué estamos viviendo así?”

Hoy se celebra el tercer aniversario de la independencia de Sudán del Sur. Sin embargo, durante los últimos siete meses, el sentimiento de unidad presente en 2011 ha desparecido. Como consecuencia, más de 1,5 millones de personas se han visto obligadas a abandonar sus hogares y a vivir en terribles condiciones

Portrait of Martha Nyandit, South Sudan. Photo : Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

Blog: An incredible story of survival against all the odds in South Sudan

A major humanitarian crisis is unfolding in South Sudan where more than a million people have been forced from their homes by fighting. These people need water, food and protection from the violence. Below is one mother’s incredible story of survival against all the odds.

Martha Nyandit (42) and her six children are amongst the thousands of people who have fled several rounds of violent and bloody fighting in and around the town of Bor in Jonglei state.

Sunrise dans le camp de déplacés internes de Mingkamen, Sud Soudan. Photo : Aimee Brown/Oxfam

Blog: Soudan du Sud : quelques lueurs d'espoir entre la violence

« Même si la paix venait, nous ne pourrions pas rentrer chez nous. Nous n’y serions pas en sécurité. »

Ces mots, prononcés par une grand-mère que j’ai rencontrée dans un camp de déplacés internes au Soudan du Sud, montrent la profondeur des divisions dans ce jeune pays. Ils témoignent aussi de l’ampleur des difficultés à surmonter pour que le pays puisse retrouver sa situation d’avant le 15 décembre dernier – voire même, avec plus d’optimisme encore, retrouver le chemin d’un développement stable.

Sunrise at Mingkamen IDPs camp, South Sudan. Photo: Aimee Brown/Oxfam

Blog: South Sudan: Signs of hope amongst the violence

“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.

In South Sudan, escalating violence again ensnares citizens

Blog: In South Sudan, escalating violence again ensnares citizens

Not yet three years old and only beginning to know what peace feels like, the world’s newest country—South Sudan—is again in the throes of extreme violence. Since fighting broke out in Juba, the capital, on December 15, close to 10,000 people have been killed and almost 400,000 others have fled their homes.

Oxfam is working with the UN and other agencies to help families get food, clean water, and sanitation facilities. But the needs of displaced people are increasingly dire.

Thousands of people are now seeking refuge in Kibati camp, Goma, DRC. Photo: Marie Cacace/Oxfam

Blog: Fatou’s story: Searching for safety in the DRC

A surge in violence in eastern DR Congo has forced tens of thousands of people to flee. Many, like Fatou, have arrived in the Kibati camp on the edge of Goma.

In late June, Fatou, her husband and three children escaped their terrorised town of Kalengera and hid in the bush, taking with them only the clothes on their backs.

Daud, a staffer from Oxfam partner Hijra, checks on an Oxfam water tank. Photo: Geno Teofilo/Oxfam

Blog: Searching for clean water in Somalia

“The main problem in Somalia is gastrointestinal diseases, (like) diarrhea, parasites, giardia, and hepatitis. The public system doesn’t provide safe water,” said Mohamed Hassan, a Public Health Coordinator working in Mogadishu.

Blog: Le Sud-Soudan revient de loin, mais le chemin reste long

Le Sud-Soudan s’apprête à vivre un référendum historique le 9 janvier, ses citoyen-ne-s étant appelé-e-s à voter pour décider si leur pays sera ou non le tout dernier Etat indépendant au monde. Augustino Buya, l’un des premiers collaborateurs d’Oxfam dans la région, analyse les changements intervenus dans la vie quotidienne à Juba, capitale du Sud-Soudan, au cours de ces dernières décennies de guerre et de paix.


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