Oxfam: Learning the lessons of the Tsunami: One month on
The response of the world to the Tsunami has been impressive but important lessons need to be learnt according to a new report issued today by international agency Oxfam, one month after the Tsunami struck.
"One month ago the world responded to the Tsunami with an unprecedented aid effort. Oxfam too launched a global response and is already helping over 300,000 people. Undoubtedly this work has saved lives but there are manychallenges that cannot be ignored. The amount of money raised means that governments and aid agencies must address issues of the quality, not just quantity of aid," said Barbara Stocking, Director of Oxfam Great Britain.
The report also urges governments to deliver the aid that they have promised and calls on them to address the broader issues that have beset the region for years. The great majority of the victims of the Tsunami already lived in extremely difficult circumstances and so far governments have not address the underlying inequalities.
"The issues of conflict, debt and trade have not yet been adequately addressed by the international community. Unless they are, the victims of the Tsunami will never escape poverty," added Barbara Stocking.
Contact Brendan Cox of Oxfam''s Media Unit: tel: 44 (0) 1865 312498; mobile: 44 (0) 7957 120 853.