In Matangai, Rumbek, they relied heavily on rainfall and distant boreholes to irrigate their land. With most of the men gone, the women must both provide and care for their families alone, the long daily trips for water was leaving time for little else.
With the number of Iraqis forced to flee their homes tripling in the last year to nearly 3 million, the launch of the new UN Humanitarian Response Plan for Iraq in the European Parliament today is a crucial opportunity for donor governments to both fund the aid effort and begin to address the underlying causes of the conflict
In a small town in South Sudan, Oxfam has supported five fishing groups with capital and business training to set up cooperative models. The groups work together to find alternatives solutions to problems in their communities. They are using the Nile and its vast resource as common ground for dialogue and income generation.
The influx of 70,000 Burundian refugees to Tanzania is overstretching the capacity of the government of Tanzania and aid agencies to respond, as emergency aid workers struggle to meet the urgent demands of providing clean water, shelter and food to new arrivals.
Amid the devastation and din of war, every day people like Reuben and Nyalwak are quietly working to rebuild their lives, to break the cycle of conflict and build a better future for their children.
Oxfam is alarmed and deeply concerned by reports of eyewitness accounts of targeted rape and killing of civilians, including children. The deliberate targeting of civilians and the destruction of homes and hospitals is in clear contravention of international law.
The current five-day humanitarian pause in Yemen will not significantly ease the humanitarian crisis caused by the conflict and the six-week-long de facto blockade, Oxfam warned today.
With the beginning of the five-day humanitarian pause in air strikes in Yemen, Grace Ommer, Oxfam Country Director in Yemen said:
"We are deeply concerned that this Bill may make it more difficult for NGOs to do our work. We need clarification of a number of key provisions for us to understand its full impact."
Oxfam welcomes the announcement by the Saudi Arabian led Coalition that Operation Decisive Storm in Yemen has ended, but warns that the work to bring aid to millions of Yemenis is still only beginning.