A Syrian boy stands in front of his family’s flooded tent in a settlement in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. Credit: Oxfam, 6 January 2016

Blog: As winter settles in, refugees from Syria face increasing hardship

Hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria have seen another winter descend on the Middle East, for some this is their fifth away from home in increasingly difficult living conditions. Oxfam is there.

Syrian refugee with her child, in Lebanon's Beeka Valley. Photo: Joelle Bassoul/Oxfam

Blog: International community must step up its support for Lebanon

As an international community, it is within our power to ensure that the future for refugees and vulnerable Lebanese communities isn’t hopeless. Supporting Lebanon now can make a critical difference both for the millions of people in need .

Refugiados sirios: sobreviviendo gracias a la bondad de extraños

Blog: Refugiados sirios: sobreviviendo gracias a la bondad de extraños

Eso era la bondad de extraños. Cuando Aziz huyó del conflicto de Siria hacia el Líbano, oyó algo acerca de un granjero que permitió a refugiados sirios acampar en su tierra. “¿Cuánto es el alquiler por estar en su tierra?” pregunto a Aziz. "Nada”, me dice, “el agricultor no cobra nada”.

La tienda, hecha por el mismo Aziz con carteles de lona recuperados de viejas vallas publicitarias, está iluminada por una luz eléctrica. “¿Y cómo consigues la electricidad?” le pido. “Del agricultor, él deja que utilicemos su suministro eléctrico de forma gratuita”

Syria's refugees: Surviving through the kindness of strangers

Blog: Syria's refugees: Surviving through the kindness of strangers

It was the kindness of strangers. When Aziz fled from the Syrian conflict to Lebanon, he heard about a farmer who allowed Syrian refugees to camp on his land. "How much is the rent to be on his land?", I ask Aziz. "It's nothing," he tells me, "the farmer charges nothing." The tent, made by Aziz himself from recovered tarpaulin posters from old billboard adverts, is lit by an electric light. "How do you get electricity?" "From the farmer. He let's us use his electricity supply for free."

Kilometres of crushed banana plantations in Compostela Valley province, The Phllippines. Foto: Caroline Gluck/Oxfam

Blog: The Philippines: Don't they know it's Christmas?

In the Philippines, a strongly Catholic country, the first signs of Christmas appear months before the actual event: shops playing Christmas carols on their audio loops, brightly decorated trees, neon Santas and reindeers are colourfully displayed outside shops and plazas. It is hard to get away from the holiday over-load.

But in Compostela Valley province, on the southern Philippines island of Mindanao, there are no obvious signs that one of the most important festive and religious dates in the country’s calendar is just days away.

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.

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.

Vanessa holding her Oxfam ID card at the office in Port au Prince. Credit: Jane Beesley/Oxfam

Blog: Working with Oxfam in Haiti: a small but important contribution – and a little bit risky

Working with Oxfam has helped me a lot in several ways. For one, after being traumatized from the tragic earthquake, I needed something productive to do to keep my mind off of things.

A collapsed tent after a night of rain in Port-au-Prince. Photo: Kenny Rae / Oxfam America

Blog: Stormy weather for Port-au-Prince

Coco McCabe is in Haiti this week, where she’s reporting on the latest from the rebuilding process in the wake of January’s devastating earthquake.

Swooping in toward Port-au-Prince on a completely packed flight out of Miami, I craned my neck from the bank of middle seats to catch a glimpse of the ground below: neat rows of greens shoved through the earth in small backyard gardens, reminding me that the rainy season had come to the Haitian capital.

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.

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