humanitarian aid

World Humanitarian Summit 2016

Blog: Empty Chairs and Hopeful Promises: Outcomes of the World Humanitarian Summit

Governments attending this week’s World Humanitarian Summit had many important topics to address. There were some big wins including on the four key issues Oxfam was fighting for.

Zaatari camp. Photo: Sam Tarling/Oxfam

Blog: Rich Countries Must Do Their Fair Share for Syrian Refugees

In almost five years Syria has become the epicenter of the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe, causing 4.6 million people to flee the country for their lives and 6.8 million more to be displaced internally. Governments meeting in London today must do everything they can to meet the immediate needs of those affected by the Syria crisis, ensure that innocent civilians are protected, and help to create jobs and education for refugees.

Oxfam is working with a local partner, the Horn of Africa Voluntary Youth Committee to help agro-pastoralist communities prepare for and cope with drought. Photo: Petterik Wiggers/Oxfam

Blog: Inspiring the world’s humanity by working with national actors in Somalia

Each year, 19 August the world marks World Humanitarian Day to honor and recognize those who have dedicated their lives to improve humanity. Each day, humanitarian workers risk their lives and sometimes lose it towards their efforts of giving aid to the most vulnerable people around the world.

Oxfam delivers hygiene kits, Ambrym Island, Vanuatu. Photo: Amy Christian/Oxfam

Blog: Journey to Ambrym: Oxfam aid delivery in Vanuatu

In the aftermath of Cyclone Pam, Oxfam distributed hygiene kits to the most affected families in the east of Ambrym Island, one of the islands in Vanuatu, and also to carried out an assessment of people’s needs since the cyclone hit.

Emad and his family fled from the conflict in Syria, to Jordan in September 2012. Credit: Khalid Said/Oxfam

Blog: Syria: wealthy governments meeting in Kuwait hold the key to survival for millions

It is difficult not to feel overwhelmed in the

Oxfam distributes hygiene kits, Vanuatu, 20 March 2015. Photo: Amy Christian/Oxfam

Blog: The strength of the human spirit after Cyclone Pam slams Vanuatu

Amy Christian, Oxfam Communications Coordinator joined the Oxfam emergency response team in Vanuatu as they began their first distribution of hygiene kits in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam.

Cyclone Pam hits Vanuatu. Photo: Isso Nihmei/

Blog: Cyclone Pam: Eyewitness report from Oxfam Country Director in Vanuatu

Colin Collett van Rooyen

Awaiting food distribution, Mingkaman camp, South Sudan. Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

Blog: One year later: Is the South Sudan crisis unique in humanitarian history?

The world’s attention has a horrible tendency of wandering off Sudan and South Sudan’s problems before any are really solved for the future.

A woman and her child take shelter as a Syrian air force jet bombs the streets surrounding her home in Aleppo. Photo: Simon Tarling/Oxfam

Blog: Controlled arms: Oxfam’s hope for the next World Humanitarian Day

Around 1,500 people a day are killed in conflicts and armed violence across the globe, and among that loss are humanitarian aid workers who were trying to save lives. Arms and ammunition traded irresponsibly or illegally help keep all these conflicts going.

Hemos ayudado a más de 500.000 personas en Sudán del Sur hasta el momento, como estos desplazados en el poblado de Mingkaman. Foto: Pablo Tosco

Blog: South Sudan, one of the most challenging places to be a humanitarian

On World Humanitarian Day Pieter Struijf, Oxfam’s Program Manager for Jonglei, writes about the challenges of delivering aid in rural South Sudan and the crucial role played by the local staff.


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