internally displaced people

Hawa Aden Mohamed. Credit: UNHCR / F. Juez

Blog: "Mama Hawa", a symbol of hope for Somali displaced people

From Geneva’s prestigious “Bâtiment des Forces motrices”, where the 2012 Nansen Refugee Award ceremony was organized yesterday evening, it was quite hard to imagine the extremely difficult circumstances in which Hawa Aden Mohamed has been working since 1999, the year she co-founded the GECPD (Galkayo Education Center for Peace and Development), an Oxfam’s partner organization in Somalia.

Nyirahabimana dice que su principal preocupación es la higiene. Foto: Janna Hamilton/Oxfam

Blog: Búsqueda del agua: responsabilidad de niño. La vida de la población congoleña refugiada en Uganda

Como el conflicto en el este de la República Democrática del Congo se ha agravado en los últimos meses, las personas continúan huyendo hacia la frontera con Uganda. Oxfam está suministrando agua potable y saneamiento en el campo de Rwamwanja, ahora hogar de más de 25.000 personas.

Nyirahabimana says her biggest concern is sanitation. Photo: Janna Hamilton/Oxfam

Blog: Collecting water – a child’s burden: DRC refugees in Uganda

As conflict in eastern DRC has worsened in the past few months, people continue to flee across the border to Uganda. Oxfam is delivering clean water and sanitation in the Rwamwanja camp, now home to upwards of 25,000 refugees.

Displaced woman and children in Kibati camp, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Credit: Oxfam

Blog: The growing crisis in Africa's Great Lakes region

More people are displaced in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) right now than at any time over the past three years, and tens of thousands more people have fled to neighboring countries. Oxfam’s Policy Advisor in DRC, Samuel Dixon, explains the current crisis and what the international community can do to help ease the suffering: 

Kibati, en las afueras de Goma, República Democrática del Congo. Foto: Oxfam

Blog: La crisis aumenta en la Región de los Grandes Lagos africana

En estos momentos hay más personas desplazadas en la República Democrática del Congo (RDC) que en los últimos tres años, y hay decenas de miles de personas que han dejado sus hogares y puesto rumbo a los países vecinos. El responsable de incidencia política de Oxfam en la República Democrática del Congo, Samuel Dixon, nos explica la crítica situación actual y qué puede hacer la comunidad internacional para mitigar el sufrimiento de las personas afectadas. 

Displaced people temporarily relocated in a gymnasium, Cagayan de Oro, Philippines, Christmas 2011. Photo: Glenn Maboloc/Oxfam

Blog: Philippines: Why health matters in ‘Sendong’ shelters

Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines – Many of the families who lost their homes to storm Sendong (international name: Washi) have since stayed in cramped evacuation centers, their personal space often defined by the size of the sleeping mat they own.

Overcrowded and without running water, evacuation centers can become a perfect storm of health problems in no time.

Vicky Aguiman, a 65 year-old resident of Purok Tambo, Macasandig, one of the worst hit areas in the city, now calls a public gymnasium home.

Photo: Ambiyo and her three triplets, recovering after treatment at the SAACID center.

Blog: Somalia: Survival and triplets in the midst of famine

Oxfam's partner SAACID treats malnourished children in Somalia's capital Mogadishu.

“My son Ahmed has been sick for five months, but he became very weak in the last month. I really don’t know exactly what is wrong with him, but I think the problem is linked to hunger. This nutrition center is extremely important for us. Without it, hundreds of children would have already died from malnutrition.”

Daud, a staffer from Oxfam partner Hijra, checks on an Oxfam water tank. Photo: Geno Teofilo/Oxfam

Blog: Searching for clean water in Somalia

“The main problem in Somalia is gastrointestinal diseases, (like) diarrhea, parasites, giardia, and hepatitis. The public system doesn’t provide safe water,” said Mohamed Hassan, a Public Health Coordinator working in Mogadishu.

A refugee camp outside Mogadishu. Photo: Caroline Gluck/Oxfam

Blog: On the ground in Mogadishu: More needs to be done

It’s hard to blend in during a community visit when you’re wearing a heavy flak jacket. But here I was in Mogadishu, the conflict-ravaged capital of Somalia, dressed not in the hijab I’d just bought in Kenya, thinking it was culturally appropriate, but strapped into a bullet proof protective vest, weighing 10 kilos or more, slowing down my movements as I ran about trying to film the work Oxfam is supporting and marking me out clearly as a foreigner.

Blog: Travelling down Ivory Coast’s “road of death”

For now, Oxfam is based out of the western city of Man, in Montagnes region, in Ivory Coast. But our West African humanitarian co-ordinator, Philippe Conraud, who has just visited one of the most conflict-affected zones, driving along what he has called the “road of death”, says providing aid assistance still remains extremely difficult due to ongoing insecurity. Here is Philippe in his own words.


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