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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.

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. 

Halima Bare, pictured here with her seven children, walked 50km in search of help after the drought killed 35 of her 40 livestock. Credit: Jo Harrison / Oxfam

Blog: East Africa food crisis – all you need to know

If you've visited Oxfam's website in the last few days, seen the news, or read the papers then you'll no doubt be aware of the humanitarian emergency that is unfolding in East Africa.

Oxfam and many other aid organisations have launched emergency appeals to respond to what's been described as ‘the most severe food security emergency in the world today.'

Oxfam's partner ALDEF delivers WFP food to Jowhar village, Wajir. Photo: Anna Ridout/Oxfam

Blog: The East Africa food crisis was not inevitable and solutions exist

The drought in East Africa is an urgent humanitarian crisis, but one which also highlights the underlying problems people face in having sustainable and affordable access to food.

Blog: Pakistan floods: En route to Peshawar

I regularly travel to Peshawar for meetings but my drive to the city this morning was a grim reminder that more needs to be done to help those who have lost everything during these floods.

The drive to Peshawar is usually very scenic but today both sides of the road were covered with families and whatever little belongings they had left.

Twelve-year-old Samuel swings a pick to build a drainage channel for his family. Photo: Kenny Rae/Oxfam America

Blog: Haiti: Lots of priorities, little time

It’s my first week back in Port-au-Prince after a respite in Boston. Last night was uncomfortable; not physically, as the tent is now packed away and I’m sharing a room in a down-at-heel hotel on a hill distantly overlooking the harbor. But listening to the rain, I knew that my conditions were luxurious compared to tens of thousands of families below in the city.

Oxfam is installing water points and distributing drinking water. Credit: Louis Belanger/Oxfam

Blog: Helen Hawkings: My Story From the Earthquake

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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.

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