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Traumatized, exhausted and half-starved civilians who have fled Sri Lanka’s conflict zone are being housed in camps without decent water and sanitation facilities and with inadequate food supplies, international aid agency Oxfam said today.

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Bulengo is one of four IDP camps on the outskirts of Goma. Credit: Suzi O'Keefe/Oxfam

A coalition of 68 aid and human rights groups said the council should make clear to both the UN peacekeeping mission in Congo and the Congolese army that stronger measures to protect civilians are urgently needed during military operations against Rwandan militias.

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Zhao Haihong uses the same water several times. She is waiting for the new irrigation and drinking water system.

When Oxfam colleagues met Zhao Haihong in a remote village in China, she was washing clothes in grey water that had been used several times. Oxfam is supporting a water project so that by August 2009, everyone should have clean water and farmland should be irrigated.

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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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As the UN Security Council meets on May 11th to discuss the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Oxfam International urges the Council not to overlook the needs of civilians in the Gaza Strip, and to put humanitarian imperatives first.

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Khin Ohn Yi's family received materials from Oxfam to build a new home. Credit: Jane Beesley/Oxfam

Oxfam's humanitarian response has provided support to around half a million people in Myanmar, after the Cyclone Nargis swept through the Ayeyarwady delta and largest city, Yangon.

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Krimichai displaced peoples camp - a women leaves the distribution point with essential non-food items. Credit: Howard Davies/Oxfam

Oxfam is now providing emergency relief to over 36,000 civilians who have fled fighting between Sri Lankan troops and LTTE rebels in the past few days, amid fears for thousands more women, men and children trapped behind rebel lines.

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Families displaced from Mogadishu and resettled in shelters covered with UNHCR plastic sheeting on the Mogadishu - Afgooye road. Credit: Oxfam

Over 3.2 million Somalis are in desperate need of emergency assistance, a 77% increase since January 2008. More than one million people have fled their homes in the last two years.

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Boys latrines at a school in Abu Shouk camp, North Darfur. These have been funded through Oxfam/ECHO.The paintings on the latrines illustrate washing hands and keeping the latrines clean. Credit: Jane Beesley/Oxfam

International aid agency Oxfam GB said today that it has formally submitted its appeal against the Sudanese government’s decision to expel it from northern Sudan, and expressed serious concern at the false allegations that continue to be made against it and other expelled agencies.

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