Two years on, the holy month of Ramadan still brings back memories of war for people living in Gaza. Mnwar, a mother of six, still remembers the terror she and her family lived through during the 2014 war, which began in the last weeks of Ramadan and lasted for almost two months.
Decades-old tensions between local famers in Wau and pastoralists from neighboring areas ignited in late 2012, leaving thousands displaced. Many of those forced to flee are farmers who relied heavily on their land for income and from whom the people of Wau relied for food.
Oxfam is working with local partners in Cambodia and Laos to help communities become more resilient to the challenges they face. From climate change to land rights, we are ensuring that people have the knowledge and skills they need to be able to confront any problem.
A power crisis, which began in December 2013, has become a nation-wide conflict, killing thousands of people and displaced millions more in South Sudan. Oxfam is responding to immediate humanitarian needs as well as long term recovery.
A year of intense conflict has created one of the world’s biggest humanitarian emergencies and risks pushing millions into famine. This briefing shares the experiences of some of the 250 people interviewed by Oxfam in Yemen in February 2016 and shows how a year of intense conflict has created one of the world’s biggest humanitarian emergencies and risks pushing millions into famine.
Ethiopia is facing a massive drought and food insecurity crisis. The impact of failed rains and droughts have been worsened by the 2015 El Niño. Urgent humanitarian action and long-term investment is needed so that communities can become more resilient and reduce their vulnerability to weather events in the future.
South Africa is facing its smallest maize harvest since 2007 this year as record-high temperatures and drought continue to hit its agricultural sector. According the government’s Crop Estimates Committee, only 7.44 million tons of maize is likely to be harvested in 2016 - that’s 25 percent less than the 9.94 million tons reaped.
Millions of poor and vulnerable people face hunger and poverty this year and next because of record global temperatures, droughts and erratic rains in 2014 and 2015, compounded by the development of possibly the most powerful El Niño on record.
Long-term approaches to reduce food insecurity must be found, and climate change, which is super-charging the effects of El Niño, must be tackled at the UN climate conference in Paris and beyond.
The April 2015 earthquake devastated Nepal, affecting more than eight million people. This briefing paper considers the successes and challenges of the response so far, and looks at what must be done to ensure that Nepal recovers in a way which makes it more resilient and more equitable.