emergency relief

A child plays in one of the ruined houses from the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal. Photo: Sam Tarling/Oxfam

Blog: Nepal earthquake 6 months on: The race to rebuild before winter

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.

Hussein Ammar, 27, from Qusayr, Syria, is reunited with his mother after two months of separation. Photo: Sam Tarling/Oxfam

Blog: Trends in humanitarian policy and practice: What to watch in 2015

One of my favorite parts of my job at Oxfam is reading new research findings and reports in our field to help my humanitarian programming and policy colleagues keep on top of external trends. I recently conducted such a scan to guide Oxfam’s planning for the coming year. Here are eight of the most interesting things that I found.

A sign of the incredible resilience of the Philippines, after Typhoon Haiyan.

Blog: The art of saying "Thank you"

We might feel aggrieved when we’ve gone out of our way to do something for someone and receive no word of thanks afterwards. I’m sure most of us have felt that way and have been equally guilty of failing to say ‘thank you’ at some time. But working as part of Oxfam’s emergency response team my colleagues and I don’t expect to receive any thanks from the people we work with. It’s our job and it’s their right to receive help during the worst of times - when a disaster has devastated their lives, families, homes, communities, countries. 

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