After completing a fact-finding mission in Cuba to identify those most in need, Oxfam is working with partners and Cuban officials to respond to the widespread destruction caused by Hurricane Irma.
Oxfam and its Caribbean partner organizations are helping people most affected by flooding and strong winds following Hurricane Irma, which hit housing, infrastructure and destroyed agricultural production.
The people of eastern Cuba face devastation from Hurricane Irma, the first category 5 hurricane to hit Cuban territory since 1932. Oxfam has been working with the Cuban authorities to develop one of the most effective disaster prevention and response systems in the Caribbean.
Many supermarket shelves in northern Haiti are now empty and many people in coastal areas are being evacuated inland to schools and public buildings in preparation for the worst of Hurricane Irma today and tomorrow. Oxfam’s Tania Escamilla is in Cap Haitien with a 27-person team that is assisting the evacuation.
During 2015, the hottest year in Cuba since 1951, the country experienced the most severe drought it had seen in 115 years. Oxfam brought together Oneida and other Cuban women who are being to forced to adapt to climate change.
Stories like these rural women's form an integral part of the unseen Cuba of today. As in other countries in the region, multiple threats, antiquated cultural constraints and risks resulting from climate change have a different impact on their lives than they do on those of men or of women living in the cities.