Tagged: responsibility to protect civilians

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Barwako Issa Noorow nursing baby Ali (one year old). Her husband’s mother had been shot and killed in Baidoa, which helped her family make the decision to leave Somalia. Credit: David Levene/Oxfam

Over 1.4 million people have been forced to flee their homes so far this year as a result of significant increasing violence in DR Congo, Sudan and Somalia, international agency Oxfam said today, as heads of state gather at the AU Summit in Libya to discuss peace and security across the continent.

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As thousands of families continue to flee their homes in northwest Pakistan amid clashes between government forces and organized armed groups, Oxfam International has begun providing emergency relief to around 175,000 women, men and children in urgent need of assistance.

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While Oxfam recognizes that a solution is needed to halt appalling levels of human rights abuses committed by armed rebels, the answer cannot be action that knowingly increases levels of human suffering

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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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Today, aid agencies and human rights groups working in Gaza called on Israel, Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups to pull back from the brink of an all-out military confrontation.

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A consignment of 25 tons of aid bound for the Democratic Republic of Congo. The $250,000 (£172,000) worth of aid includes water and sanitation equipment and plastic sheeting and is enough for more than 30,000 people.  Credit: Ian Bray/Oxfam

International agency Oxfam today accuses European member states of turning their backs on the suffering of the people in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The crisis in DRC is horrendous for hundreds of thousands of people displaced due to the unabated violence.

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Oxfam welcomes the UN Security Council resolution to authorize an additional 3,000 troops and police for the UN peacekeeping force, MONUC. However the EU must also send reinforcements now to help ensure effective protection of civilians.

Staff help to carry aid for displaced people, in UN House, South Sudan.

Oxfam is gravely concerned about the growing humanitarian crisis across South Sudan and neighboring countries. Recent agreements are a sign of political progress, but the parties now must honor their commitments and put an end to hostilities.


When communities get caught in the cross-fire, they suffer. Innocent lives are lost. People are forced to flee from their homes. Living a normal life becomes impossible.

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