Tagged: peace and security

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President Obama's leadership has succeeded in setting a new tone that has instilled hope.... Now it is most urgent that the US and all nations work together to secure a better future.

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Internally displaced men and children, fleeing military operations in the Swat valley region, line up for curry and bread at the UNHCR Yar Hussain camp in Swabi district, Pakistan, June 2, 2009. Credit: REUTERS/ Adrees Latif/ Courtesy of Alertnet.org

Millions of people forced to flee the fighting in Pakistan’s Swat Valley struggled to receive vital aid because the international community provided too little help, too late, according to a report released today by international aid agency Oxfam.

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The Pacific Route of Women March. Santiago Aguirre Sánchez

International aid agency Oxfam today called for “zero-tolerance” toward sexual violence committed by all armed groups in Colombia. Thousands of women have been raped and sexually abused during the armed conflict, but the vast majority of perpetrators are not held to account for their crimes.

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A young child taking shelter in Kabul. Credit: Mohammed Salim/Oxfam

Too few ordinary Afghans are benefiting from international aid efforts in their country, with a third of the population at risk of hunger.

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Internally displaced children, who fled a military offensive in the Swat valley region, stand in line for their ration of food at the UNHCR Yar Hussain camp in Swabi district, June 16, 2009. Credit: REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood, courtesy alertnet.org

Recent conflict in the Swat Valley of the North Western Front Province has forced more than 2 million men, women and children to flee their homes.We're planning to support nearly 360,000 internally displaced people.

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Raul Umberto Lopez and Sandra Marie Lou Estevez from Gualme, a small rural town in Western Honduras, were the first recipients of a cow in their community. Credit: Gary Henry/Oxfam

The current political instability in Honduras has forced us to reduce our activities on development projects in the country to approximately 60% of capacity.

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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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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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