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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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The end of search and rescue efforts does not mean we can slow down. Relief and recovery for the survivors is the priority now.

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Some of the biggest names in music, including Damon Albarn, Coldplay and Arctic Monkeys, have come together to put on a special auction to raise funds for Oxfam’s emergency response in Haiti.

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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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Oxfam's Haiti Country Director, Yolette Etienne, talks to Channel 4's Jon Snow about Oxfam's staff response to the earthquake, the situation in Haiti and the personal impacts of the earthquake.

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Oxfam water distribution, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 17 January 2010. Credit: Oxfam

Responding to the Haiti earthquake has been one of the toughest challenges ever, international aid agency Oxfam said today, one week since the quake struck, killing at least 80,000 people.

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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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A major earthquake, measuring 7.0 on the richter scale, struck the impoverished nation of Haiti on Tuesday 12 January.

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An Oxfam staff member was killed when part of Oxfam's office crumbled in the devastating quake that hit Haiti on Tuesday.

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