Women arriving after walking through the swamp for hours. Photo: Pedro Mariel/Oxfam Swamp is all that many South Sudanese mothers can see for miles. They journey through it, by foot or canoe, pursuing food. Medicine. Aid. The bare minimum to keep their children going during this time of hunger and conflict.
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Since the Syria Crisis began in 2011, just over 15,000 Syrians have moved to the US. Syrian families make the journey to the US, and other countries around the world, driven by the desire of safety, and giving their children a future with opportunity. Below are four stories of families – brave families – who have journeyed to the US to start a new life with the help of the Syrian Community Network, a Chicago-based Oxfam ally.
Auckland’s very own Sarah Badju was recently in Nigeria with Oxfam’s WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) team.
There is growing scientific analysis that suggests the impacts of current and recent droughts in East Africa are likely to have been worsened by climate change. Climate change is not a distant, future threat: it is helping fuel emerging catastrophes in which it has combined with poverty, chronic malnutrition, weak governance, conflict and drought and created a perfect storm.
A natural spring situated 6km south of Fadigaab village, Somaliland. People in Fadigaab say they haven't had a full rainy season for almost four years. Photo: Petterik Wiggers/Oxfam.
Kiwis are the biggest banana consumers per capita in the world. We eat 90,000 tonnes per year. That’s over 10 tonnes an hour! However – only 7% of bananas consumed in the country are Fairtrade.
Just when we thought our Oxfam Trailwalker volunteers couldn’t get any more incredible...
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’.