As a result of the Israeli military operation, thousands of people in the north and east of the Gaza Strip have fled their homes and are now seeking refuge in UN schools in Gaza City. People are living in dire conditions and are in need of urgent humanitarian aid. Mohammed Ali, Media and Advocacy researcher in Gaza met with people seeking shelter in UN schools. Here is what he saw and heard.
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When the Israeli military offensive in Gaza started on the 27th of December, Israel Dadon, a 20-year-old man in the town of Moshav Tlamim in Southern Israel, went out into his local community with the aim to change people's perspectives about the conflict.
At the end of August 2008, Oxfam partner organisation Kup Women for Peace hosted the first long distance running event ever held in their remote region of the Papua New Guinea Highlands. The 30km race (approximately – no one could be sure) across mountainous terrain was inspired by Team PNG's success in winning Oxfam Trailwalker 2008 in Taupo.
Renowned photojournalist Nick Danziger travelled to the Somali region of Ethiopia with Oxfam. His images illustrate how the food crisis is affecting people.
Oxfam is currently working with the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement on the Young Women in Leadership programme.
Despite being a tourist destination, Vanuatu is one of the poorest countries in Melanesia and faces many problems. A key issue is the absence of safe water and adequate sanitation, which causes poor health and disease and severely restricts rural communities’ economic and social development.
Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar (Burma) in the early hours of Saturday 3 May causing widespread destruction. Tens of thousands of people lost their lives and many more their homes and livelihoods as shown in this series of photos.
Papua is an Indonesian territory occupying the western half of the island of New Guinea. It ranks as the poorest and most politically marginalised region of Indonesia. Oxfam New Zealand is supporting farmers and fisher communities to improve their income by finding markets for their goods, support accessing credit, improving their skills and techniques and diversifying crops. We are currently working in Jayapura, Nabire and Paniai districts.
Oxfam worked in Vanuatu from 2005 to 2008 with the government, the private sector, and local organisations to develop a National Water Resource Strategy.
The new Rural Training Centre building in Atabulu village, Northern Pentecost, has just been completed with help from Oxfam New Zealand. It’s the first one built of permanent materials…something the community is very excited about.