It was a disaster waiting to happen. Living on the edge of riverbanks, families displaced by Washi (local name: Sendong) today had once fled their homes in 2009 at the height of a storm. With no alternative relocation then, they had gone right back, holding on to their proximity to the city and the assurance of livelihood.
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Oxfam has a team of ten experts on the ground to assess the water and sanitation conditions in Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City in southern Philippines, after flash floods brought on by typhoon Washi displaced at least 26,000 families and killed 927.
The Pacific region continues to hold some of the highest figures of violence against women and some of the lowest figures for female political representation, said New Zealand group Women’s Rights and Advocacy in the Pacific (WRAP)
Millions of people in West Africa could be protected from a serious food crisis if preparations are scaled up across West Africa, Oxfam said today. With early indicators pointing to a likely food crisis in 2012 – and a particularly high risk in Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali and Chad – now is the time to invest in preventative measures.
Oxfam has revealed New Zealand’s most generous towns in its first-ever Oxfam Unwrapped Generosity List. By looking at the numbers and locations of gifts given through the Oxfam Unwrapped appeal, the organisation has named the South Island town of Upper Moutere as the country’s most generous.
Three months after widespread flooding that has affected over 5 million people in southern Pakistan, a critical shortage of funding and broad international disinterest has left millions of people at risk of illness, malnutrition and cold as the winter closes in.
International aid agency Oxfam is deeply concerned about the escalating violence witnessed across Egypt and strongly condemns the excessive use of force by Egyptian security forces against peaceful demonstrators. The Egyptian authorities should be held responsible for the unjustifiable use of live bullets, rubber coated steel bullets and lethal quantities of tear gas against civilians.
As more heads of state publicly support the military action in Somalia, Oxfam called on international leaders to refocus on addressing the crippling famine in the country. The agency urged all parties involved in the conflict to ensure civilians are protected from being caught in the crossfire and the Somali people have freedom of movement to access vital services.