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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."

Resurgir de entre los escombros en Filipinas

Blog: Resurgir de entre los escombros en Filipinas

Por Cherian Matthews, Director Regional de Oxfam en Asia

Rising from the rubble in the Philippines

Blog: Rising from the rubble in the Philippines

By Cherian Matthews, Regional Director of Oxfam in Asia

I have just returned from the typhoon-ravaged areas of Daanbantayan and Bantayan Island in Cebu province of the Philippines. When I went there, I had moving images of the destruction on my mind – the helpless faces of women, children and families that were being flashed on T.V channels. But I have come back inspired and moved by the resilience of affected communities, local government agencies and volunteers. In the areas I visited, people are bouncing back from the tragedy inflicted by Typhoon Hayian.

Why aid delivery isn’t instant — and ways it could be faster

Blog: Why aid delivery isn’t instant — and ways it could be faster

When our rapid assessment teams came back from Leyte and Eastern Samar, they came from a total information blackout into a storm of angry and combative debate on the efficiency of government response to supertyphoon Haiyan victims. A couple of my colleagues marveled at how negative the atmosphere was and admittedly, the debate has gotten pretty exhausting and polarizing. Everywhere I go, whether it’s a dinner, a team meeting, an email exchange or social media, the conversations run along the same questions. Why is government response so slow?

Learning lessons in the Philippines

Blog: Learning lessons in the Philippines

It is only three years since the world was shocked by Haiti’s earthquake and Pakistan’s terrible floods in the same year. That was 2010, and both governments and private donors responded with massive generosity. International humanitarian aid shot up to US$20.2 billion to attempt, at least, to cope with the ‘year of two megadisasters.’

The pressure mounts for Syria peace talks

Blog: The pressure mounts for Syria peace talks

Thanks to support from people like you in over 150 countries, Oxfam and partners have now gathered over 100,000 signatures calling for urgent progress on Syria peace talks. That’s roughly equivalent to one for every man, woman and child killed in the conflict to date.

Aid from Oxfam heads to Syria

Blog: Aid from Oxfam heads to Syria

After months of assisting refugees in neighboring countries, Oxfam now aims to help 300,000 Syrians access clean water.

There is a subject that almost never comes up in the news from Syria: water. But as bombs and mortar shells rain down on communities—damaging the infrastructure that once protected public health—contaminated water may at times prove as deadly as the weapons of war.

Blog: Infographic: The cost of conflict in Syria

As the US Government and world leaders calculate a response to the violent conflict that has afflicted Syria for more than two years, and as news outlets give us constant updates on the crisis, Syrian children begin yet another September without going back to school. There are countless ways to add up the cost of conflict, but maybe none are more profound than the toll it will take on an entire generation of kids.

Ramadan - counting my blessings

Blog: Ramadan - counting my blessings

As Ramadan begins, Oxfam's Jonaid Jilani remembers colleagues in the field, and those less fortunate than ourselves, with a special thought for the millions of Syrian refugees displaced by conflict.

The time of year is upon us again where many, like my family, will be observing the holy month of Ramadan and abstaining from food and water from sunrise to sunset.

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