In the wake of Cyclone Pam, ambitious climate change action is vital in 2015
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The sense of disbelief is palpable, but so too is the unstinting bravery and resilience of the Nepalese people.
Cyclones show it's ime to connect dots on climate change writes Rachael Le Mesurier, Oxfam New Zealand's Executive Director in this opinion article published in the NZ Herald.
As we see the poignant images coming out of Nepal’s catastrophic earthquake, it’s important to remember those who often remain invisible in such disasters.
We are working in camps and in hard to reach rural areas to bring clean water, sanitation and emergency supplies to those in need of them.
Shaheen Chughtai, an Oxfam Humanitarian worker in Nepal, explains that Kathmandu was a disaster-in-waiting. Not just by its violent geology. Not just because a million-plus people are crammed inside it, but also by the lack of the kind of economic and social infrastructure that people in richer nations take for granted. Oxfam feared what a big earthquake would do and we have invested a lot into "disaster risk reduction" planning. Now all this work will be severely tested over the coming days and weeks and months.
Anita Omar was just like many of the people living on less than US$1.25 per day; she struggled to feed her children and couldn’t afford the basics of a decent, healthy life. But when Oxfam worked with the community to build high-quality wells and rainwater harvesting systems, it did more than just quench their thirst. A lot more.
“We heard you were coming on the radio this morning,” they told us, their excitement and relief palpable. “You’re the first people to come here since the cyclone.”
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Oxfam's Amy Christian joins the team on the ground to deliver hygiene kits to an evacuation centres in Port Vila.