One month since famine was declared in two areas of South Sudan, it is a race against the forthcoming rains to save lives Oxfam warned today.
Today, the world stands on the brink of an unprecedented four famines. 20 million people are at risk of starvation in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Northern Nigeria. Check out our map to see where Africa's most acute food crises are.
"Women and girls are today bravely taking a stand and Oxfam stands with them in solidarity," said Winnie Byanyima, Oxfam International Executive Director and women’s rights leader, this International Women’s Day.
Hundreds of thousands of Haitians who survived Hurricane Matthew, which ripped through the country three months ago, will go hungry if governments, donors and aid agencies do not step up efforts to help them. Oxfam is calling for aid promises, and the full funding of the UN appeal, to be met.
Many families in Central African Republic struggle to obtain the basic essentials such as water and food. In Bria, Oxfam is supporting vulnerable households that have lost their means of production by helping them to relaunch their economic activities.
The emergency response in Haiti is at a standstill following nearly 48 hours of heavy rains. Helicopters are grounded, ships moored and nearly all road access blocked. Oxfam, already responding to the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, is now pushing for more and immediate international support.
Malnutrition is up and the huge number of people suffering from chronic hunger has remained virtually the same as last year.
Food, shelter and clean water are needed urgently by people in southern Haiti following the destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew last week. Oxfam fears that the current death toll of at least 800 will increase further. The international community must act immediately to mitigate the loss of entire harvests and to counter any possible spikes of cholera. Oxfam is sending 3 tons of water purifying supplies to Haiti.
As Oxfam teams access the most affected areas in Haiti, the destruction left by hurricane Matthew is more evident, as well as the urgent humanitarian needs of those affected.
Oxfam congratulates António Guterres on his appointment to what is arguably one of most challenging jobs on the planet. Mr. Guterres brings a wealth of experience and leadership to the role to guide the UN in the years to come.