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November 19, 2004

Security in Darfur has deteriorated over the past two weeks leaving nearly 200,000 people in Darfur cut off from vital aid supplies. The last Security Council resolution on Darfur noted improved humanitarian access, but since then the situation has deteriorated and access is worse than it was four months ago, warned international agency Oxfam, on the eve of the UN Security Council's latest resolution on Sudan.

November 18, 2004

The UN Security Council has failed so far this year to respond adequately to conflicts in Africa, states a new report card released by international agency Oxfam today. Oxfam is urging the Council to put this record behind them as they meet in Nairobi tomorrow and Friday, and undertake a mission to the Great Lakes next week.

November 10, 2004

Donor governments are today being urged to pledge US $1.7 billion to the United Nations annual humanitarian appeal and help save the lives of millions trapped in 14 forgotten crises around the globe, by international agency Oxfam. Devastating conflicts in Sudan, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and many other countries mean that 13 million people are currently living as refugees and a further 25 million are displaced within their own countries.

November 5, 2004

More than a hundred thousand people are essentially being held captive by armed militias in West Darfur, international aid agency Oxfam reports today.

October 13, 2004

Innocent civilians are bearing the brunt of escalating violence in the Gaza Strip, according to development agency Oxfam New Zealand, which has today issued an urgent plea to the Government to act on the crisis.

October 12, 2004

Military spending and the global arms trade rose dramatically in 2003, international arms campaigners revealed as they marked the second worldwide Control Arms day on Saturday.The downward trend in arms sales has been reversed, with both 2001 and 2003 showing the first increases in the arms market in almost a decade. These figures come amid further calls for an international Arms Trade Treaty to regulate the export of arms across the globe.

October 6, 2004

Tony Blair's visit to Sudan must transform promises into concrete actions to help end the violent crisis in Darfur, according to international aid agency Oxfam today. Britain has generously funded humanitarian aid to Darfur. But it, like other governments, has failed in its attempts to end the atrocities in Darfur.

September 30, 2004

Ngungu, DRC: Renewed fighting in the volatile Kivu region of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has forced 20,000 people to flee their homes, according to international aid agency Oxfam. This new information comes as the UN Security Council discusses the fate of the UN's military presence in Eastern DRC this week.

September 27, 2004

New Zealand has an important role to play in a historic opportunity to provide a fresh start for the world's poor. Since the 1970s, a mountain of unpayable debt has trapped the world's poorest countries in a cycle of debt and poverty. Finally, after decades of half measures, Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown has broken ranks and committed to cancel the share of the multilateral debts owed to Britain.

September 23, 2004

International agency Oxfam is gearing up to help the victims of severe flooding in the Northwest of Haiti following tropical storm Jeanne, which ravaged the island on the weekend.

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