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Just over a year ago, on February 20th 2016, one of the most severe cyclones the Pacific has ever seen hit Fiji. Cyclone Winston had an average wind speed of around 230kph and affected 62% of Fiji’s population. 30,369 houses, 495 schools and 88 health clinics were destroyed, and 44 lives were lost.
The number of people experiencing alarming hunger, severe levels of food insecurity and malnutrition has increased to 30 million across north-eastern Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen. Famine has been declared in South Sudan and is likely to be already happening in parts of northeast Nigeria, while Yemen and Somalia are on the brink. This unprecedented crisis is human-made. Every famine is. It represents either a catastrophic human failure or a political choice.
South Sudan has been an independent nation for five years, and has been engaged in civil war for over three of them. A group of young, creative activists are calling for ceasefire, and are promoting peace through art with their campaign ‘Ana Taban’.
In Somaliland, the threat of famine looms large. Drought has forced hundreds of thousands out of their homes in search of food, water, and medicine. These are their stories.
In South Sudan, the violent and brutal war has put millions at risk. Women, men and children that fled their homes in search of safety are now finding a new threat - hunger. With harvests still months away, the famine already declared in parts of the country will spread across the rest of the country, unless we act now.
Oxfam International's Executive Director Winnie Byanyima is visiting Nigeria, where millions have been displaced by conflict and are desperately hungry. She writes of what she has seen so far.
It’s not uncommon for children in Vanuatu to stop attending school at 10 years old - there are not enough secondary school places due to government budget constraints, and many families can’t afford the school fees. At whatever age these young people leave school, their job prospects are often very limited.
A four-day weekend and an excuse to eat chocolate? Yes please! We’re definitely chocolate consumers here at Oxfam, but we believe in eating the right chocolate. The fairly traded chocolate. Here's four reasons why we think buying Fairtrade is best:
Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan. Yemen, Somalia and Nigeria are only a step away from the same fate. 20 million people are at risk of starvation and 50 million are severely hungry. This is the biggest humanitarian crisis since World War II. If it’s left unresolved, malnutrition and death will dramatically increase.