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Did you know that at least one in three women will experience some form of violence during their lifetime? It is one of the most widespread violations of human rights and has long-term devastating effects. We can change this: join us and say ‘Enough’!
We help people caught up in natural disasters and conflicts across the world with clean water, food, sanitation and protection. At any given time, we are responding to over 30 emergency situations, giving life-saving support to those most in need.
Millions of people are being forced from their homes, risking everything to escape conflict, disaster, poverty or hunger. From those fleeing the war in Syria or climate change-induced droughts, to those stranded in inadequate conditions in Europe, you can help us give life-saving support to refugees in the countries where they need it most.
The crisis in Syria continues to cause tremendous human suffering to people both inside and outside the country. The conflict is driving the largest refugee crisis in the world. Nearly 12 million people – 2 in 3 Syrians – are still dependent on humanitarian aid. They need your help.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.”
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.