humanitarian response

People search for survivors stuck under the rubble of a destroyed building, after a 7.9-magnitude earthquake earthquake caused serious damage in Kathmandu, Nepal, 25 April 2015. Credit: EPA/Narendra Shrestha

Blog: Earthquake in Nepal - Oxfam is there

In response to the devastating earthquake in Nepal today, Oxfam's team in Nepal is assessing humanitarian needs. In addition, a team of technical experts is arriving with supplies to provide clean water, sanitation and emergency food supplies. Please donate to Oxfam's Nepal earthquake appeal.

Displaced people in a camp near Mogadishu, Somalia. Photo: Caroline Gluck/Oxfam

Blog: Somalia: eight warnings of catastrophe so far, and still no action

Last week marked three years since the UN declared famine in Somalia. The catastrophe facing the Somali people three years ago ended in at least 260,000 people dying, half of them children.

Mapping the money: Unpacking the Global Humanitarian Assistance Report 2013

Blog: Mapping the money: Unpacking the Global Humanitarian Assistance Report 2013

The Global Humanitarian Assistance report is eagerly anticipated by some of us in the humanitarian field, as it provides us with hard data and trends required for strategic analysis and decisions. As humanitarian managers, high quality data is very important because it supports good management.

What do the Uttrakhand floods tell us about India’s development model?

Blog: What do the Uttrakhand floods tell us about India’s development model?

Vanita Suneja, Oxfam India’s Economic Justice Lead, looks at the underlying causes of the devastating floods in Uttrakhand.

For women in Fulani their main activity is  increasingly having to fetch water, as surrounding wells dry up. Photo: Charles Bambara/Oxfam

Blog: Sahel food crisis: Let's close the funding gap

In the Sahel region of West Africa, a severe food crisis has been expected since late 2011. The aid community estimates that some 18.7 million people are now being affected and are now at risk.The UN estimates that $1.6 billion is needed to meet the needs of all these people, but their international appe

Helen Ewoton bathes her grandchild Kaisa, Nawoyati village, Turkana, Kenya. Photo: Kieran Doherty/Oxfam

Blog: One year on from the Horn of Africa food crisis, much progress and many lessons

It is a year now since the world woke up to what has been called the worst food crisis in the 21st century. The footage of Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya was truly awful, and the conditions people were living in when they arrived at Dollo Ado camp in Ethiopia were quite shocking. The UN categorized parts of Somalia as being in famine – a term used so rarely now that we had started to think it no longer happens.

Helen Ewoton bathes her grandchild Kaisa, Nawoyati village, Turkana, Kenya. Photo: Kieran Doherty/Oxfam

Blog: Crisis alimentaria en el Cuerno de África, un año despúes.

Ha pasado ya un año desde que el mundo comenzó  a prestar atención a lo que se ha llamado la peor crisis alimentaria del siglo XXI. Las imágenes del campamento de refugiados de Dadaab en Kenia fueron realmente impactantes y las condiciones en que vivían las personas que llegaban al campamento Dollo Ado en Etiopía, atroces. La ONU declaró partes de Somalia en estado de hambruna; un término tan poco utilizado hoy en día, que habíamos empezado a creer que ya estaba erradicada.

Blog: Travelling down Ivory Coast’s “road of death”

For now, Oxfam is based out of the western city of Man, in Montagnes region, in Ivory Coast. But our West African humanitarian co-ordinator, Philippe Conraud, who has just visited one of the most conflict-affected zones, driving along what he has called the “road of death”, says providing aid assistance still remains extremely difficult due to ongoing insecurity. Here is Philippe in his own words.

Volunteers and Oxfam Japan staff sort earthquake relief supplies

Blog: One month after the Japan earthquake and tsunami: A time for new beginnings

April marks a time for new beginnings in Japan: new school year, new jobs, and starting new lives. But for many Japanese this year, it has become not only a new beginning, but a beginning with many unknown implications and overshadowed by uncertainties.

Blog: Surviving the floods in Sri Lanka

Rishani Wijesinghe, Oxfam’s Advocacy Coordinator for South Asia, met some survivors of the floods in Sri Lanka in January.

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