Tagged: conflict

Emergency Article
People that have fled the recent fighting in Somalia seek refuge at 'May 15th' IDP camp, Burao (Burco), Somaliland. Credit: David Levene/Oxfam

There is a humanitarian catastrophe engulfing Somalia. Almost half of the country’s population – or 3.25 million people – are now in need of emergency aid. This represents a 77% increase since the start of 2008.

Press Release

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.

Press Release
Refugees who fled fighting between government soldiers and Tutsi insurgents watch UN peacekeepers patroling on a road in Kibati, about 16 miles north of the provincial capital of Goma, DRC. October 28, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer, courtesy www.alertnet.org

Fresh fighting in eastern Congo has displaced tens of thousands more people from their homes, international aid agency Oxfam said today (29 October 2008) as it called for urgent action to bring the region back from the brink.

Image gallery

When communities get caught in the cross-fire, they suffer. Innocent lives are lost. These images tell the story of why we campaign on conflict and emergencies.

Policy Paper
Small rooms crowded with small beds at a facility in Goma serve as a safe haven for women survivors of sexual assault in Congo. Standing is Justine Masika who runs a program, supported by Oxfam, that helps many of the women. Credit:Liz Lucas/Oxfam America

Spilling beyond the conflict that has swept the region, sexual violence is now beginning to corrode the core of traditional Congolese communities.

About 75 people a week—most of them children—come to the rural Kabimba health clinic in Democratic Republic of Congo for treatment for a variety of illnesses, including malaria and cholera. Credit: Liz Lucas/Oxfam America

Outbreaks of cholera are just one of the consequences of Congo's underinvestment in everything from roads to health clinics to clean water.

A former child soldier in Democratic Republic of Congo has now learned a new skill with which to support himself: furniture-making. Credit: Liz Lucas/Oxfam America

A former child soldier, this young man now supports himself as a furniture-maker in a small shop in Goma.

With some local help, Oxfam's Melinda Young dons a traditional Sudanese dress called a "tob". Credit: Oxfam

April marks the fifth anniversary of the start of the crisis in Darfur.Three Oxfam staffers talk about how the situation, and Oxfam’s response to it, has changed as the conflict has dragged on.

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