While the world’s richest countries have given millions of dollars to ensure that the UN appeal for the tsunami is funded, their response to the world's 15 other biggest emergencies has been stingy, said international agency Oxfam today.
Suffering on a massive scale continues in Darfur, Oxfam warned today. 1.65 million people have been forced to flee their homes and are forced to live in camps or in makeshift shelters on the edge of towns, unable to return to their villages. 200,000 more have crossed the border into the remote, barren regions of eastern Chad.
Oxfam is today thanking the New Zealand public for their generosity that has made Oxfam's tsunami appeal the most successful appeal in our history. As a result of the unprecedented public response in New Zealand and internationally, Oxfam's planned work is now almost fully funded, supporting a long-term programme to rebuild communities in the tsunami-affected region.
The United Nations Security Council was again today reminded of the continuing humanitarian disaster in Northern Uganda, but failed to send a strong enough signal to the parties to end the violence, said international agency Oxfam.
The response of the world to the tsunami has been impressive but important lessons need to be learnt according to a new report issued today by international agency Oxfam, one month after the tsunami struck.
New Zealand's top ultra-endurance unicyclist will make an attempt to break two official Guinness World Records next month, in a bid to raise money for the OXFAM Tsunami Emergency Appeal.
Engineer Dave Neru of Wellington is expected back from the disaster-struck region of Aceh, Indonesia tomorrow (Wednesday 26). Neru, an experienced water and sanitation expert with disaster management experience was seconded to Oxfam by the New Zealand Water and Waste Association. With fellow Kiwi engineer, Les Collins, he has been working with the Oxfam International team, restoring water supplies in the devastated region. The two Kiwis have made an enormous and valuable contribution to the critical first month of relief.
This Friday marks the Muslim festival of Eid-ul Adha, the second most important festival in the Muslim calendar. As Muslims in the affected areas prepare for the festival, Oxfam shows how this Eid will be very different from normal.
Aucklanders and visitors can show their support for victims of the Boxing Day tsunami in Asia by attending an appeal concert at the Aotea Centre, THE EDGE® on Wednesday, 26 January.
Oxfam New Zealand Executive Director, Barry Coates welcomed today's announcement of an additional $58 million for New Zealand's response to the tsunami disaster, in addition to the $10 million previously announced. "It is welcome that the government is recognising that this is an important issue to most Kiwis. The public has been generous in their giving to the tsunami appeal, giving repeatedly to provide much needed relief.