“I’m originally Palestinian, living in the southern village of Ghaziyeh,” says Aynaya. “It was about 9am and was working in my accounting office when a bomb hit a bridge next to our building. Everyone was suddenly screaming in panic, and I fainted. When I recovered, I went home where I lived with three brothers, my sister Abeera and her two children.
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“It was about 11am when the shells came crashing into my village of Aitaroun, near the Israeli border,” says Naziah. “I live with my parents, my wife, my two sisters, my brother and his two children. We grabbed a few clothes and some of our ID cards and drove away as quickly as possible.
Al Zahraa is an Oxfam partner organisation that works with Arab women in northern Israel, close to the border with Lebanon. Al Zahraa aims to improve the status of Arab women in their own communities and in Israeli society.
Labourer's Voice is an Oxfam partner organisation that is committed to supporting Arab Israelis to claim the rights they are entitled to.
Papua New Guinea has the worst level of malnutrition in children under five in the Pacific and more than half its population lives on less than $3 a day.
I’m not one for taking pills, but malaria, I know, is not something you want to fool around with. So, on this trip to Darfur, Sudan, I’ve been religious about popping a little pink tablet every morning to ward off the flu-like disease that leaves patients shaking with chills and burning with high fever—and consequently, I’ve become somewhat casual about the mosquitoes buzzing about my ankles and ears. I’m protected, right?
Topping a hill at Al Salaam camp in North Darfur, two massive Oxfam tanks—each holding 45,000 liters of water—stand silhouetted against the sky. They promise relief for the hundreds of parched and weary people who have trekked for as many as five days to reach this camp.
The path that runs through Gara Farjawya has the feel of a thoroughfare—if there can be such a thing in a small rural village in Darfur, Sudan. It’s wide. The community’s most important establishments—a new brick mosque still under construction, a grain-grinding mill, and a bunker-like store that sells sugar and other necessities—claim places along its edge. Family compounds stretch one after the other on both sides.
In the shade of a lean-to, on a table covered with a sheet of orange plastic, Oxfam’s Ahmed Mohamed sets down a bowl of fruit. Much of it has come from a private Garden of Eden not far from the center of Kebkabiya, a small town in North Darfur, Sudan, in which about 60,000 displaced people have settled in the last three years. They have fled the violence that has wracked the region since early 2003 and are now waiting for peace promised – but not yet delivered – in a deal signed in May.
Following 10 years of violent civil unrest in Bougainville, in which tens of thousands of lives were lost and traditional life on the island of Bougainville was destroyed, one community in central Bougainville has brought together past enemies to work to mend relationships and to rebuild their community.