Afghan women shop for new burqas in the main bazaar in Mazar City. A burqa generally costs around $6. Credit: © Travis Beard/ Argus

Blog: My journey through Afghanistan – Day 2

Oxfam’s Zahra Akkerhuys spent a week in rural Afghanistan visiting Oxfam’s team fighting in the frontline – in the battle against poverty.


The stereotype of Afghan women being downtrodden with nothing to say has always seemed a false image to me. Many of the women I’ve met in some of the poorest countries in the world have a steely strength about them which means that in another life they might have been tough traders on Wall Street or headteachers.

Ahmed Gul lost five relatives in the conflict, and though he has finally found safety at a camp, the last of his rice is about to run out. Photo: Jonaid Jilani/Oxfam

Blog: Life in the camps in Pakistan

Oxfam’s Jonaid Jilani reports on the hardships of daily life for those who have fled the recent conflict in Pakistan.

Ahmed Gul was in despair. He had lost five relatives in the conflict in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. Now he had made it to the safety of a camp away from the fighting but the last of his rice was about to run out and he didn’t know how he was going to feed his family of six.

Oxfam is providing water to many communities, including this one in Beit Lahia.

Blog: Visiting the Rubicon

A truck load of Pampers is driven into the Kerem Shalom crossing ahead of us.  One consignment of 36 wooden pallets piled to a height of 160 cm. Not enough to meet the household needs in Gaza where 170 babies are born every day. “We have seen a lot of Pampers and toilet rolls recently,” confides the Israeli army major who is assigned to liaise with the humanitarian community. Also macaroni and spaghetti now that they been approved at the political level of the Israeli administration.

Faire voler des cerfs-volants pour l’Afghanistan

Blog: Faire voler des cerfs-volants pour l’Afghanistan

Aujourd’hui marque le début d’une semaine importante pour le peuple d’Afghanistan.

Blog: DR Congo: These children are at school, but they get no education

Oxfam press officer Rebecca Wynn reflects on one of Congo’s hidden tragedies – the wasted potential of people trapped by relentless conflict.

The children I am meeting here in Kibati are at school, but they get no education. The school is where they sleep. It’s their home. Ever since they fled from the violence in their villages, it’s where they have slept, with leaves as their mattresses and their bodies snuggled close.


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