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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.

Preventing a crisis in Somalia becoming a catastrophe

Blog: Preventing a crisis in Somalia becoming a catastrophe

New emergencies seem to hit the world on a monthly basis. Right now we are grappling with situations in the DRC, South Sudan, Sudan, Central African Republic and Syria to name just a few. Having worked on many disasters for Oxfam from the Haiti earthquake to floods in Pakistan, and the food crisis in the Sahel to conflict in Congo, I am all too aware that faced with such a barrage of suffering, it is extremely difficult for people to know how to react. This includes countries that regularly provide humanitarian funding for countries in crisis.

Security in northern Mali

Blog: Security in northern Mali

As soon as the plane lands  in Gao, I see the first signs of fighting in Mali. Little is left of what was once an international airport. The waiting rooms are marked with bullet holes. Windows have  been blown out of their frames. The road between Bamako and Gao is still not secure enough to travel, and we have to use a UN flight.

Reconciliation on the agenda in Mali

Blog: Reconciliation on the agenda in Mali

Back again in the Netherlands. There is one image that I’ve held onto - Gisèle beaming. She was so proud when she told me how privileged she felt to have been part of a program that, despite the crisis, succeeded in monitoring the elections in Mali. People in Mali were able to observe election results and irregularities arrive in realtime at the Malivote Platform 2013. Transparency had contributed to greater electoral participation.

Réfugiés en Ouganda : les oubliés du Soudan du Sud

Blog: Réfugiés en Ouganda : les oubliés du Soudan du Sud

Geno Teofilo, chargé de relations médias chez Oxfam, décrit les besoins humanitaires pressants, notamment le besoin d’un abri à l’approche de la saison des pluies, qu’ils a constatés lors de sa visite de plusieurs centres de réfugiés sud-soudanais, dans le nord de l’Ouganda.

Fleeing and forgotten – South Sudanese refugees in Uganda

Blog: Fleeing and forgotten – South Sudanese refugees in Uganda

Oxfam media officer Geno Teofilo reports on urgent humanitarian needs – including shelter from the upcoming rainy season – during a visit to South Sudanese refugee centers in northern Uganda.

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.

Division is plunging Central African Republic into food crisis

Blog: Division is plunging Central African Republic into food crisis

Moussa – not his real name - stood with his last pile of groundnuts, just one of three traders left in a vast, empty market that, before the recent conflict in Central African Republic, used to burst with life. He told me that he had already sent his wife and children out of the country, because he feared for their safety. As soon as he sold his last stock, he would go too.

Floods and a harsh winter in Gaza, but hope is still alive

Blog: Floods and a harsh winter in Gaza, but hope is still alive

Recent floods in Gaza drove thousands of people from their homes in the harshest winter in years. Outgoing Oxfam media officer Karl Schembri, has shared with us this piece, his final blog at the end of four years in Gaza. He finds that hope is still alive and people just want to provide a future for their families.

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