The horrifying chemical weapons attacks in Damascus in August 2013 led to a flurry of diplomatic activity. This new momentum has the potential to turn into a breakthrough only if urgent and immediate action is taken on aid and efforts are made to stop the bloodshed.
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.
This study, published by Oxfam and the Beirut-based ABAAD-Resource Centre for Gender Equality, finds that women are bearing the brunt of the refugee crisis with the majority of the women interviewed saying they had resorted to desperate measures to survive. Many women are regularly going hungry so their children and husbands can eat. Around 90 per cent of women interviewed said they regularly skip meals because there is simply not enough food to go round. This report, Shifting Sands, studies the different pressures facing men and women refugees from Syria living in Lebanon and finds that the roles of both women and men refugees have changed.
The actor and Oxfam ambassador visits families displaced by the conflict, who are “struggling to live with dignity.”
Oxfam estimates it has reached over two million people in the past year with desperately needed food, water and shelter. But the scale of this emergency is staggering and we still urgently need your help to continue supporting families forced from their homes by conflict.
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
A year ago, 12-year-old Reema's home in Syria was destroyed by a bomb. Her family moved from place to place to escape the fighting, including living underground for three months with no electricity. Now Reema and her family live in an abandoned building in Lebanon.
You'll never see her face or learn her real name, because Reema is scared – but the video below features a poem she has written about her situation and her longing to return to Syria.
A mum and refugee from Syria talks about making tough choices to bring her family to safety.
New Zealander Janna Hamilton visited Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, a place where thousands of people fleeing the conflict in Syria now call home.
EU Foreign Ministers meeting on Monday (May 27) in Brussels should extend the existing arms embargo on Syria or risk making the situation for civilians in the country even worse, according to international aid agency Oxfam.
With temperatures set to soar up to 40˚C in the coming weeks, international agency Oxfam has warned that the warmer weather will increase health-related risks for Syrian refugees.