Tagged: humanitarian

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Families displaced from Mogadishu waiting near Muuri for water to be delivered by tanker. People have to place their jerrycans in the queue for water, and may have to wait for several deliveries before their turn comes. April 2007. Credit: Oxfam

Hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees will face a humanitarian emergency this year, unless urgent steps are taken to deal with a serious public health crisis unfolding in the Dadaab refugee camp in northern Kenya, international agency Oxfam warned in a new report issued today.

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Oxfam is working in Mugunga 2 camp, Goma, to provide water and sanitation. Credit: Suzi O'Keefe/Oxfam

Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, is on a high-level European lobbying tour to highlight the situation in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where civilians have experienced an upsurge of violence in recent months.

Emergency Article
Collecting water from an Oxfam tapstand, Kalma camp, Sudan, 2004.

The Sudanese government recently revoked Oxfam GB's licence to operate in northern Sudan, a decision which will affect hundreds of thousands of lives. There are, however, five Oxfam affiliates currently working in Sudan. Here is a brief summary of our programs.

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Food distribution at Farchana Camp, 2004. Five years later some 180,000 displaced Chadian are entirely depending on humanitarian assistance. Credit: Jane Beesley/Oxfam

Civilians in Chad are still facing high levels of banditry and danger as the European force (EUFOR) hands over to a UN force later this week (Mar 15). Although the European troops made some civilians feel safer, the underlying security situation has not significantly improved.

Emergency Article

Since the breakout of Darfur crisis in 2004, eastern Chad has been an unstable and insecure area. Here is an update on the emergency programs Oxfam has set up there, and what needs to be done to protect civilians and humanitarians working there.

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Oxfam International's British affiliate - Oxfam GB - is appealing the Sudanese government's decision made on March 4 to revoke its registration to work in the north of the country.

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Oxfam GB urged the Government of Sudan to allow it to continue its vital humanitarian efforts, affecting hundreds of thousands of lives.

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People queuing to collect food at an Oxfam feeding program in Mbare, Harare, Zimbabwe. Oxfam has partnered with the UN World Food Program to deliver food aid to 253,000 individuals over the next 6 months. Credit: Robin Hammond/Oxfam

The international aid agency, Oxfam, has cautiously welcomed steps in Zimbabwe to form a government of national unity. Now the new government must urgently address the combined humanitarian crisis of cholera epidemic and more than half the population being in need of food aid.

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A coalition of 100 humanitarian and human rights organizations today called on John Holmes, the UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, to insist that protecting civilians be a top priority of the joint Congolese and Rwandan military operation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Loading sacks of flour onto a truck at a flour market in Kabul April 14, 2008. Impoverished Afghans struggling with rising wheat prices are not expected to get relief with food prices soon, a UN official said. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood courtesy alertnet.org

President Obama has the opportunity to chart a new course for US policy in Afghanistan by taking the urgent steps needed to reverse the slide into a major humanitarian crisis.

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