Tagged: rights in crisis

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A woman (identity hidden) lies on the bed in a small room in Goma used as a safe haven for women survivors of sexual assault. Credit: Liz Lucas/Oxfam America

An Oxfam-commissioned survey reveals that sixty percent of rape victims were gang raped. More than half of the assaults took place in their own homes. There has also been a shocking increase in the number of civilian rapists.

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Oxfam has started to employ people affected by Haitis earthquake to clean up their makeshift camps and improve their living conditions. This cash-for-work effort will expand across the nine sites serving 80,000 people where Oxfam has recently installed clean water and latrines.

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Building destroyed by the 12 January 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Credit: Oxfam

International agency Oxfam said today that public generosity had secured enough money to fully fund its immediate emergency work in Haiti over the next six months – but funds still needed to help Haiti recover and rebuild over years.

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At least 500,000 people are living outdoors in improvised camps in the capital. Credit: Oxfam

Foreign ministers meeting in Montreal on Monday should agree to cancel Haiti’s outstanding $890 million international debt in the wake of the devastating earthquake, international agency Oxfam said today.

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While it's easier to provide water, latrines, food and shelter in an organized camp than in the myriad vacant lots and churchyards where people have taken refuge, we can't lose sight of the need for permanent housing.

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Pallets of water treatment gear are ready to be loaded onto a Oxfam aid flight leaving East Midlands airport for quake-struck Haiti, 18 January 2010. Photo: Doug Marke/PAGEONE Photography

Fifty tons of aid equipment, which will help thousands of people in Haiti devastated by last week’s earthquake, will be packed up at Oxfam’s warehouse today, ready to be flown out tomorrow (Friday).

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Some of the water and sanitation equipment Oxfam will fly to Haiti on Saturday, 16 January. Credit: Karina Brisby/Oxfam

Oxfam staff in Haiti are providing shovels and picks for local civil workers to clear rubble to search for trapped victims in Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince. Oxfam will fly up to 10 tons of water, sanitation, health and shelter equipment, to Santa Domingo at 2pm Saturday UK time.

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Haitians clearing rubbble. Photo: Oxfam

Oxfam reached 1.2 million people in Haiti through our earthquake response and cholera prevention programs. Although much remains to be done, Haitians are now leading reconstruction and development in the country.

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El Fasher, North Darfur. Credit: Jane Beesley/Oxfam

Major conflict could return to southern Sudan unless there is urgent international action to save the peace agreement that ended one of Africa’s longest and deadliest wars, ten aid agencies warned today.

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