emergency response

Oxfam Assessment Team survey the impact of Typhoon Haiyan, just days after it hit in Samar, Philippines. Photo: Jire Carreon/Oxfam

Blog: Yolanda on My Mind: The Odyssey of a Humanitarian Worker

Five years since Super Typhoon Haiyan, the worst storm ever to hit the Philippines, here are the critical lessons learned. Through your generous support, we've been to reach more than 850,000 people with humanitarian aid. How amazing is that - thank you!

Why aid delivery isn’t instant — and ways it could be faster

Blog: Why aid delivery isn’t instant — and ways it could be faster

When our rapid assessment teams came back from Leyte and Eastern Samar, they came from a total information blackout into a storm of angry and combative debate on the efficiency of government response to supertyphoon Haiyan victims. A couple of my colleagues marveled at how negative the atmosphere was and admittedly, the debate has gotten pretty exhausting and polarizing. Everywhere I go, whether it’s a dinner, a team meeting, an email exchange or social media, the conversations run along the same questions. Why is government response so slow?

Plus de 93 000 vies ont déjà été perdues en Syrie depuis le début du conflit.

Blog: De nombreuses vies perdues en Syrie

Par Camilla Jelbart Mosse, responsable de campagne humanitaire pour Oxfam.

Lives lost in Syria

Blog: Lives lost in Syria

Written by Camilla Jelbart Mosse, Oxfam's Humanitarian Campaign Manager

As G8 leaders meet on Syria, the stakes couldn’t be higher for those caught in the crossfire.

“My family lost our home and many loved ones. We’d go for days without being able to raise our heads to buy water and bread as it wasn’t safe, so we had to leave Syria. We just want to go home.”

Una tarea gigantesca para 2013: montaña de escombros en Croix-Desprez, Puerto Príncipe. Foto: Agathe Nougaret/Oxfam

Blog: Haití: Tres aniversarios del terremoto; tres momentos de la reconstrucción

No puedo creer que ya hayan pasado tres años desde el terremoto que sacudió Haití en enero de 2010. Yo no estaba en Haití le 12 (expresión local para referirse al día del terremoto) y no pude ver con mis propios ojos la magnitud ni del caos ni de la solidaridad de las personas. Llegué meses más tarde, cuando se suponía que el proceso de reconstrucción debía comenzar, una vez los equipos de rescate y de emergencia hubieran hecho su trabajo.

A daunting task for 2013: mountain of waste in Croix-Desprez, Port-au-Prince. Photo: Agathe Nougaret/Oxfam

Blog: Haiti: Three earthquake commemorations, three steps in reconstruction

I can’t believe it’s been 3 years already since the earthquake hit in January 2010. I wasn’t in Haiti for “le 12” (“the 12th” a local term to refer to the earthquake), I didn’t witness the mayhem and great solidarity with my own eyes. I arrived months after, when the reconstruction process was supposed to kick-off, once rescue teams and emergency settlement professionals had done their job.

Harne Waddaye and her family are beneficiaries of Oxfam’s food distribution, in Chad. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

Blog: We need to break Africa's hunger cycle

Harne Waddaye, a 60-year-old grandmother, digs for food in the bare earth outside the small village of Louga in the African country of Chad. She is not digging for wild roots or for ones she has planted. She is raiding ant nests for the grain they have stored.

Ekimat Maraha's fingerprint confirms she has received her monthly cash allowance, Turkana, Kenya. Photo: Caroline Berger/Oxfam

Blog: Somali NGOs response to the food crisis: a true beacon

This past weekend in Nairobi I was privileged to meet Guhad Muhammad Adan, an impressive, young Kenyan-Somali with a real determination to tackle some of the key issues facing the Somali people. Over the best part of two hours, Guhad outlined the work of Somali NGO Social-Life and Agricultural Development Organisation (SADO), as it responds to the tragic humanitarian situation gripping his country.

Blog: Pakistan floods: one year of Oxfam's response

A year since Pakistan was hit by devastating floods, Oxfam's emergency response has provided support to over 2.4 million people. We've compiled a snapshot of some of our work over the last 12 months - take a look at a selection of our videos, stories and photos by clicking on the features below.

The Perard family and their guests have been sharing the house since January 2010. Photo: Ami Vitale/Oxfam

Blog: With 17 guests, one Haitian family reflects the struggles of many in the months since the quake

In the town of Saint Michel, the Perards have opened their doors to a stream of relatives and friends who fled the destroyed capital. Coco McCabe visited one of the families sharing their home with their relatives.

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