Relief operations by staff of international agency Oxfam are underway in four of the countries worst hit by the massive tsunami wave. Oxfam has hired a ferry in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka to get supplies to communities cut off by the tsunami. With 27 tonnes of water and sanitation equipment being airlifted to Sri Lanka and Indonesia from the UK today, the agency will be able to provide relief to around 175,000 people.
As the death toll from the massive earthquake in South Asia climbs to over 23,000, international agency Oxfam is mobilising resources for a rapid response in the worst affected areas, despite widespread destruction of infrastructure that is hampering relief efforts.
Oxfam is sending a chartered plane load of emergency aid supplies to Sri Lanka and Indonesia. The loading will start from shortly after midnight Tuesday/Wednesday (New Zealand time) and the plane will depart the following day to Colombo, Sri Lanka and then on to the island of Aceh in Indonesia.
International agency Oxfam reports that Sri Lanka is likely to be among the worst affected by the devastating floods that have followed the massive earthquake in South Asia. According to initial estimates 5,000 people may have been killed, 200,000 directly affected and perhaps one million made homeless.
A new report from international agency Oxfam today reveals that 45 million extra children will die needlessly by 2015, because rich countries are failing to provide the necessary resources they promised to overcome poverty.
The Finn Brothers and other international stars have joined the Oxfam Make Trade Fair campaign to highlight the plight of more than one billion people who are hungry and poor because of the crisis in world agricultural trade. Along with celebrities Bono, Chris Martin, Antonio Banderas, Minnie Driver and others, Tim and Neil Finn have donated to Oxfam's campaign a sequence of striking images of themselves being drenched with milk and showered with coffee, cocoa, feathers, wheat, sugar, rice and cotton.
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.
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.
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.
More than a hundred thousand people are essentially being held captive by armed militias in West Darfur, international aid agency Oxfam reports today.