"The situation is at its breaking point in Gonaives," reported Oxfam’s Charlie Rowley early Sunday, just back from the all but wiped-out town in Haiti. "There are very few, if any, coping mechanisms left for the people there. Whatever food and clean water there was in the town is gone"
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The common image of climate change in the Pacific is of inundated atolls, but impacts extend far beyond rising sea levels. Oxfam works with subsistence farming communities in Papua New Guinea who tell us about the changes they’re experiencing. Hundreds of generations of farming knowledge can no longer guarantee them a stable food supply.
Living at the cyclone-prone western tip of Samoa, people are taking steps to prepare for the next cyclone whenever it comes as, sooner or later, it surely will.
Oxfam is working with local partners to help people adapt to the unpredictable flooding of the Jamuna river.
Between July and September 2006 we published a blog from the humanitarian response in Lebanon. This was written by firstly Shaista Aziz from Oxfam's Rapid Response Team and secondly Harriet Binet, a Media Officer for Oxfam who arrived in Lebanon one month after the hostilities began, to assist the Rapid Response Team.
Oxfam's Advocacy Director Mary Wareham, joined the New Zealand delegation to the July 2006 UN conference on small arms and reported from the conference hall as (football) World Cup fever gripped the delegates.
Oxfam's Gemma Swart travelled with trucks delivering aid to Gereida camp for internally displaced people in South Darfur. The camp has recently seen thousands of new arrivals fleeing renewed violence in South Darfur.