In the blink of an eye, Ahmed's home and his shop were bombed into rubble. Now he is struggling to provide for his family. Oxfam and partners have been distributing emergency food vouchers to 50,000 families like Ahmad's.
10 year old Nesma used to enjoy going to school. But now school is a constant reminder that her home is gone: Her family sleeps in a classroom as their house was completely destroyed during the 50 days of war.
A lot of attention has been paid to the negative side of South Sudan’s ethnic groups and diverse cultures. These are the voices of those who went the extra mile. Their bravery and strength in light of the situation they faced is a testament to the extraordinary power of compassion, hope and the will to survive.
Nearly 4 million people remain in urgent need in South Sudan following the conflict that broke out last year. Over one million people have fled their homes and are displaced within the country and over 450,000 have fled to neighboring countries. We have reached more than 340,000 people with life saving essentials, but we urgently need to reach more.
More than three years after the beginning of the conflict in Syria, the scale of the crisis continues to deepen both within and outside Syria, with massive numbers of refugees, who are often living in inadequate shelter, residing in neighboring countries.
More than 65 per cent of refugees surveyed by Oxfam fear they may not be able to go back to Syria despite desperately wanting to return. There is an urgent need for Geneva peace process to be kick-started as well as improved response from donor countries to UN’s humanitarian appeal.
The G20 must take necessary steps to reform the international taxation system to stop wealthy tax dodgers, beginning at its Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting this weekend (22-23 Feb) in Sydney.
The huge humanitarian response in the aftermath of November’s super typhoon saved thousands of lives but three months on, the poorest coconut farmers, traders and fisherpeople are being left out of the recovery effort.
Ahead of the Sahel Appeal to be launched by the United Nations on the 3rd February 2014 in Rome, 11 humanitarian agencies warn that northern Mali is set to face another serious food crisis unless funds are rapidly mobilized.