humanitarian aid

Blog: In Jamam refugee camp, a community approach to sanitation

One year after South Sudan’s independence (9 July 2011), the combination of severe economic crisis, poor rainfall in 2011 and ongoing conflicts have combined to create the country's worst humanitarian crisis since the end of the war in 2005. Fertile and resource rich, South Sudan has huge potential to feed its own population, yet nearly half of its 9.7 million citizens literally don't have enough food to eat.

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 ?

Beneficiary of Oxfam's cash distribution program waiting to receive identity card. Photo: Wolfgang Gressmann/Oxfam

Blog: Tweet this: Yemen on brink of hunger catastrophe [audio slideshow]

The Friends of Yemen conference taking place today offers a critical opportunity to make a difference in the lives of millions of ordinary Yemenis. Yemen is facing a severe humanitarian crisis with 10 million people - 44 percent of the population - without enough food to eat. Millions of people are unable to afford to feed their families, and are being driven deeper in poverty.

Please help us raise the visibility of this crisis today by sending messages about Yemen on twitter and sharing this blog to your social networks.

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?

Photo: People are unloading heavy food bags from a truck.

Blog: Crises in a new world order: challenging the humanitarian project

When it comes to humanitarian crises, Oxfam specializes in the appropriate acronym of “WASH”. In 2011, hundreds of Oxfam staff delivered water and sanitation and other relief to millions of people afflicted by drought, floods or earthquakes.

Moussa Sow and Armand Traoré join in to tackle the hunger crisis. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: African Nations Cup stars join Oxfam to win match against hunger

This week Oxfam, together with Save the Children, launched a new report called A Dangerous Delay, which found that the international community responded too late to the current Horn of Africa food crisis. Thousands of lives were lost as a result. The report calls for much earlier action to prevent such crises from happening, rather than waiting until people start dying to respond.

A man with his livestock on a donkey cart in Shahdadpur. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: Pakistan: This disaster should not have been unexpected

It’s often the unexpected things that cause the most impact. My five day visit to Sindh province in southern Pakistan in the first week of September proved to be no exception.

The trip had been planned for weeks; I was going to visit our local partners and projects in the province to see the progress being made in helping flood ravaged communities to recover after the catastrophic 2010 floods. What I hadn’t anticipated was that I would find myself in the midst of another flooding emergency.

Blog: Latrines in Corail camp, Haiti: a sign of transition

I rarely stray far from my desk.  Although I am working on the earthquake and cholera response in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, my assignment as finance manager keeps me in the office. If the opportunity to see my colleagues’ work arises, I take it.  It really helps me to connect the stack of contract and payment documents on my desk with something physical.  When John Kanani, Public Health Engineer told me that he was going to hold a meeting with masons at Corail camp, north of the city I asked if I could come along.

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