Oxfam has been working in Yemen for 30 years. Over 60 percent of the population - 16 million people - were already in need of some form of aid before the recent airstrikes started. An Oxfam staff worker based in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, shares what life has been like for the past week.
In the aftermath of Cyclone Pam, Oxfam distributed hygiene kits to the most affected families in the east of Ambrym Island, one of the islands in Vanuatu, and also to carried out an assessment of people’s needs since the cyclone hit.
It is difficult not to feel overwhelmed in the face of the crisis that has engulfed Syria and spilt across its borders.
Ignored Security Council resolutions, escalating conflict and political inertia: Syria’s suffering civilians deserve better
No complacency: The mood after 20 days without infections in Liberia may be dampened but hope is not destroyed by the newly confirmed case of Ebola in Monrovia.
Amy Christian, Oxfam Communications Coordinator joined the Oxfam emergency response team in Vanuatu as they began their first distribution of hygiene kits in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam.
Exacerbated by climate change, disasters are increasingly pushing people into deeper poverty and compromising their safety. That’s why the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 agreed today in Sendai is so disappointing for Oxfam and many other organizations working with communities affected by disasters around the world.