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Andy Baker, Oxfam’s lead for the Syria Crisis Response, said: "There is absolutely no excuse for the shocking attack yesterday on an aid convoy in rural Aleppo. The aid workers on the convoy were delivering much needed help to thousands of people and Oxfam is appalled and outraged that many of them lost their lives doing so.
The six wealthiest countries - which make up more than half the global economy - host less than 9 percent of the world’s refugees while poorer countries and territories are shouldering most of the responsibility, Oxfam said today.
New Zealand falls well short of its fair share of international contributions to the Syria crisis
Responding to the European migrant crisis Rachael Le Mesurier, Executive Director of Oxfam New Zealand, said: “This year, the UN said that more people have had to flee war, violence and persecution than at any time since the Second World War. This is a global displacement crisis, and a moral crisis of our time. It is an issue of humanity and it is the collective responsibility of the global community to address it humanely.
The international response to Syria is failing on three fronts – insufficient aid, meagre resettlement offers and continued arms transfers – international aid agency Oxfam warns in a report published today.
As the anniversary of the Syria crisis approaches, refugees surveyed say they fear they will not see Syria again, according to new research by Oxfam. Urgent need for Geneva peace process to be kick-started as well as improved response from donor countries to UN's humanitarian appeals.
Debt levels spiralling out of control as refugees from Syria slip further into poverty, says new reportNovember 21, 2013
A new survey of more than 1500 Syrian refugees gives a clear picture of the harsh economic struggle facing refugees who have fled from Syria to Lebanon. It tells of children missing education and adults fearing they may never work again – or be able to pay back money they owe.
On September 19 Oxfam published research that many donor countries were not giving their fair share of humanitarian aid to Syria. We regret that the press release gave an impression that New Zealand has been the lowest contributor to funding for this crucial humanitarian response.
Oxfam’s analysis of donor country’s contributions to help the Syria crisis is based on the UN launching a US$5 billion appeal for Syria in June. To date, that appeal is just 44 per cent funded. Oxfam calculated what would be the fair share of that US$5 billion for donor countries based on their GNI and overall wealth. According to these calculations, New Zealand’s fair share would be US$10.8 million (NZ$12.89 million).
World leaders attending the G20 summit must seize this opportunity and make real progress on helping find a political solution to the Syria crisis, according to international aid agency Oxfam.