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Duoi checking hygiene kits in Yemen. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: Diary of an Oxfam aid worker

Originally from the Philippines, Oxfam humanitarian aid worker Duoi Ampilan has helped people facing disaster all over the world. Here, he tells us why his job is now more important than ever.

Health worker, Sister Agnus Memorial Maternity Clinic, Gardnersville, Liberia. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

Blog: 7,000 people, one clinic, no running water: Ebola and West Africa’s chronic health crisis

Ebola policy lead, Jess Skinner, describes how health care workers in Liberia have continued to provide basic services throughout the Ebola crisis, despite the personal risks involved and a chronic lack of resources.

A woman stands in a rice field holding bundles of rice plants.

Blog: 10 reasons to invest bigger and better in agriculture in Africa

“The promise is more binding than the debt.” African proverb

As I write this blog, over 810,000 people are in need of immediate food aid in northern Mali and in total there are around three million people, over half of whom live in northern Mali, at risk of having nothing to eat in the coming months.

Un responsable de seguridad alimentaria de Oxfam conversa con el pastor Abdel Karim Tahira. Foto: Andy Hall/Oxfam

Blog: 18 millones de personas en riesgo en la crisis alimentaria de Sahel [infografía]

En la región de Sahel de África Occidental, las familias están enfrentándose a una cruda realidad. La crisis alimentaria ahora amenaza a más de 18 millones de personas. Sin ayuda, no lograrán tener suficiente para comer. 

Un employé d'Oxfam discute avec un éleveur Tchadien. Photo : Andy Hall/Oxfam

Blog: 18 millions de personnes menacées par la crise alimentaire au Sahel [infographie]

Dans la région du Sahel, en Afrique de l’Ouest, des familles continuent d’être confrontées à une terrible réalité. La crise alimentaire menace désormais plus de 18 millions de personnes. Sans aide, elles n’auront plus assez à manger.

Sécheresse, maigres récoltes et prix élevés sont à l’origine du problème, de même que la pauvreté. Des agriculteurs et pasteurs se retrouvent face à des choix impossibles. S’ils vendent leurs outils et leur bétail pour pouvoir s’acheter de la nourriture, comment gagneront-ils leur vie demain, lorsque les pluies seront de retour ?

Oxfam food security officer talks with Chadian herder Abdel Karim Tahira. Photo: Andy Hall/Oxfam

Blog: 18 million at risk in the Sahel food crisis [infographic]

In the Sahel region of West Africa, families are facing a grim reality. A food crisis is now threatening more than 18 million people. Without help they won't get enough to eat.

Drought, poor harvests, the lingering effects of an earlier food crisis in 2010, and high prices in the market are part of the problem -- and so is poverty. It forces farmers and herders to make impossible choices: if they sell their tools and livestock now, to get money to get food, then how will they make a living later when the rains return?

Oxfam team analyzing water delivery. Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

Blog: 15 million at risk in the Sahel food crisis: urgent help is needed now

In the Sahel region of West Africa, families are facing a grim reality. A food crisis is now threatening more than 15 miillion people. Without help they won't get enough to eat.

Drought, poor harvets, and high prices in the market are part of the problem -- and so is poverty. It forces farmers and herders to make impossible choices: If they sell their tools and livestock now, to get money to get food, then how will they make a living later when the rains return?

Flood-destroyed homes in Nogare, Niamey, Niger. Credit: Jane Beesley/Oxfam

Blog: Rains were supposed to bring hope in Niger

21-year-old Issouf Ali directs me along what used to be the road to his house. It now resembles a river. He wades through the water and points out to me what used to his family home. All that remains are some collapsed adobe walls. A few buckets, a pair of flip-flops and some cooking utensils lie scattered around on the floor.

The villagers of Ko Kaina eat the bitter Anza berries when there is nothing else left.

Blog: Assessing the situation in Niger – part 2

Read the first part: Kirsty Hughes' impressions from the capital Niamey, talks with an official in the town of Ouallam, and the ironic effects of rain in the village of Tondi Kiwindi.

We drive across the desert to a smaller village called Ko Kaina. The situation we find here is utterly desperate – the villagers talk to us of famine and question whether they can survive to the autumn.

Cattle in the village of Dabré, near Ouallam in Niger.

Blog: Assessing the situation in Niger – part 1

Heading to Niger

Three weeks ago I arrived in Dakar to support Oxfam’s lobby, media and campaigns work around the severe food crisis currently hitting the Sahel belt of West Africa. Across several countries including Niger, Mali, Chad, Burkina Faso and northern Nigeria, as many as ten million women, men and children are going hungry, or suffering from ‘food insecurity’ as the experts term it, with many hundreds of thousands already facing severe and ‘moderate’ malnutrition.

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