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Students at General Daud School in Mogadishu, Somalia. Photo: Petterik Wiggers

Blog: Somalia 2013 Conference: "You can’t wash your face using only one finger"

Last week the UN revealed for the first time that more than a quarter of a million people died in Somalia over 18 months from October 2010-April 2012. These figures are shockingly high especially when you think about the fact that most of the deaths were probably preventable if the world had just reacted sooner to the warnings that were coming out of the region as the rains started to fail in 2010.

History made as UN adopts world's first Arms Trade Treaty!

Blog: History made as UN adopts world's first Arms Trade Treaty!

After over 10 years of campaigning for this treaty, lobbying governments again and again, and the campaigning actions from supporters all over the world we finally have the world’s first Arms Trade Treaty!

Blog: A Global Vigil marked two year anniversary of the conflict in Syria

Friday 15 March was the two year anniversary since the start of the current crisis in Syria. Over one million people have fled the country so far, and more than 70,000 have been killed.

To mark this anniversary, candlelit vigils took place around the globe in solidarity with the Syrian people. Oxfam supported vigils across the Middle East. Hundreds of people gathered in cities around the Arab world to light candles and shine a spotlight on the continued suffering of Syria’s people.

Vigilia Global para Siria, 14 de marzo de 2013

Blog: Dos años son demasiados: Únete a la vigilia internacional por Siria

“¿Dos años? ¿Ha pasado ya tanto tiempo?”. Esa es la reacción general aquí, en el Reino Unido, cuando le recuerdo a la gente que el conflicto de Siria se acerca a su segundo aniversario.

Hace dos años, por esta época, la ola de protestas que recorría el norte de África y Oriente Próximo acaparaba los titulares internacionales. El 15 de marzo de 2011, le llegó el turno a Siria. 

Global Vigil for Syria, 14 March 2013

Blog: Two years too long: Join the Global Vigil for Syria

‘Two years? Has it been going on that long?’ That’s the common reaction when I tell people in the UK that the conflict in Syria is nearing its second anniversary.

This time two years ago, the international news agenda was dominated by stories about the wave of protests running across North Africa and the Middle East. On 15 March 2011 it was Syria’s turn.

Protecting women in conflict

Blog: Protecting women in conflict

27 activists, international development professionals, and academics met in The Hague on 4 June for the third annual Women Peace and Security Global Training.

This two week training focused on several subject areas to enable participants to:

"We can" campaign in Sri Lanka for Women rights. Photo: Annie Bungeroth/Oxfam

Blog: Summer school on women, peace and security: Apply now!

After two successful summer school sessions in 2010 and 2011, Oxfam Novib once again organizes a summer school on Women, Peace and Security in The Hague, the Netherlands this year. 

Somali women with their children wait outside an Oxfam supported therapeutic feeding center in Mogadishu, Somalia. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: A woman inspires in Somalia

When it comes to the role of women in society, the East African country of Somalia receives a great deal of negative attention. Given that the country has suffered from years of conflict, and is currently enduring a food crisis, it certainly is a difficult, sometimes dangerous environment where women can be left vulnerable.  

“I want my children to go to school; to live in peace...to live a better life in the future.”

Blog: Strangers back home in Southern Sudan

Martha Bol, a widow, and her children, spent their first night back in Leer county in southern Sudan sleeping outside in the cold. It wasn’t quite the homecoming she was expecting, but she was still excited to be back after spending the last two decades living on the outskirts of Khartoum, in the north of Sudan.

“I was born here and I will stay here”, she said. “This is our land and our chance to be free.”

Blog: Southern Sudan has come a long way – but still more to do

Southern Sudan is preparing for its historic referendum on 9 January, in which southerners will vote whether to become the world’s newest independent country. Augustino Buya, one of Oxfam’s longest serving staff, reflects on how life in Juba – the southern capital – has changed over the past few decades of war and peace.

The war broke out in 1983 and within a few years Juba was teeming with people fleeing the fighting. Around 250,000 people took refuge from all over southern Sudan. Oxfam helped to provide some of them with food and shelter. 

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