Yesterday’s Syria Conference in London could be a potential turning point with some rich countries pledging far more aid than in previous years. But others still need to step up and give their fair share. Vitally, we need to see these pledges becoming reality.
In almost five years Syria has become the epicenter of the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe, causing 4.6 million people to flee the country for their lives and 6.8 million more to be displaced internally. Governments meeting in London today must do everything they can to meet the immediate needs of those affected by the Syria crisis, ensure that innocent civilians are protected, and help to create jobs and education for refugees.
Hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria have seen another winter descend on the Middle East, for some this is their fifth away from home in increasingly difficult living conditions. Oxfam is there.
As we move into 2016 Tim Bierley, Oxfam Humanitarian Administrator, looks back at the highs and lows of Oxfam's work responding to emergencies around the world over the last year.
The annual olive harvest, which finishes this week, is one of the most important events of the year for Palestinian farmers. Yet olive farmers in the West Bank face enormous challenges. Their access to land, water and markets is often limited by Israeli settlements.
Nepal is currently in the grip of a fuel crisis due to political conflicts in the south of the country which are choking off the flow of fuel across the border from India. Sorting the political difference in the south needs to be resolved urgently if earthquake survivors are to avoid what could be a second disaster.
Every night on TV, people see images of a heavily divided Europe, unable to cope with the arrival of more than 500,000 refugees and other migrants equivalent to less than 0.1% of the European Union’s population of over 500 million people.
Women and girls face particular impacts from conflicts worldwide, such as sexual violence. However, women remain systematically marginalized in efforts to prevent, resolve and recover from conflict, and their participation in peace and security processes and institutions remains extremely limited.
We believe this is a time for solidarity with migrants. It is right to say that we must bring peace and security to the countries which are the primary sources for migration, but to use that as an excuse to close your doors is cowardice.