Stories

  • Jane Beesley's diary from Darfur -- May 2007
    Nearly four years into the conflict, refugee camps are taking on an air of permanence. They are swollen to the size of cities and filled with people who have no hope of returning home. As plastic shelters are remade with bricks, brick-making is emerging as one of the only livelihoods available. With roads too unsafe to drive, Oxfam worker Jane Beesley tours the camps and sees how Oxfam is distributing donkeys and promoting brick-making projects that use less water.
  • Some things change -- December 2006
    Fatima and her family fled to the the Djabal refugee camp in Eastern Chad three years ago. The camp is just a few dozen kilometers from the border with the Sudanese region of Darfur. Here Fatima and the rest of the refugees have begun to take control of their lives.
  • Knowing the face of war -- December 2006
    “You don’t have to explain to these children what war is – they’ve lived it,” says Abakar Adam, a professor at a Koranic school in one of the blocks that makes up the Djabal Refugee Camp in Eastern Chad. “They have seen their villages attacked and they have experienced fear. There’s no need for me to tell them why they’re here.” Around 15,000 people –out of a total of over 200,000 fleeing the conflict in Darfur– have been trying to rebuild their lives here for the past three years, despite the fact that their hearts are still in the land they were forced to abandon.
  • Water and Kebkabiya -- August 2006
    Fetching water is a time-consuming task for many people in Kebkabiya, a town in North Darfur. But at least the water is now clean and fresh. Oxfam helped to install the town's first ever water system.
  • Rural Villages -- August 2006
    We visit the Oxfam team based in Kebkabiya. They have launched a program to bring water and sanitation improvements to 11 small villages around Kebkabiya and to help the people in these remote places recover from the conflict that has plagued this region for more than three years.
  • Newcomers at Al Salaam -- August 2006
    On top of a hill at Al Salaam camp in North Darfur stand two massive Oxfam water tanks, promising relief for the hundreds of weary people who have trekked for as many as five days to reach this camp.
  • Malaria -- August 2006
    Puddles of water at Kalma Camp in North Darfur make a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. To prevent an outbreak of malaria caused by the parasite-carrying insects, Oxfam is participating in a camp-wide spraying to kill their larvae.
  • Children in Kalma say "OK" to keeping healthy -- March 2006
    Songs, football matches and playground games are just some of the ways Oxfam's team in Kalma camp are teaching children how to stay healthy.
  • Rebuilding lives -- February 2006
    Many villagers have had virtually everything they owned taken from them. So the Oxfam livelihoods team is first focusing on helping to replace what has been lost. Grain and vegetable seeds have been distributed and villages will be carefully re-stocked with donkeys and other animals.