emergency response

emergency response

Drought in East Africa: “If the rains do not come, none of us will survive”

For many people in East Africa, the current drought is the worst in living memory. Nomadic pastoralists are among the hardest hit. Their livestock is completely wiped out, meaning they have no means to feed themselves. In eastern Somaliland, Oxfam witnessed entire communities on the move, desperately searching for water and pasture.

Une femme prépare du thé dans un camp pour déplacés au Yémen. Avec le pain, c'est à présent tout ce qui constitue le régime alimentaire pour des millions de Yéménites. Photo: Hind Aleryani/Oxfam

Yemen on the brink: conflict is pushing millions towards famine

Two years of brutal conflict in Yemen have led to what the UN describes as the worst humanitarian situation on the globe. 60 percent of the population - 17 million people - are suffering from food insecurity and malnutrition, with nearly 7 million people facing starvation. They need your help.

Gisma Habdur walks through the settlement for newly displaced people where she now lives in North Darfur. Photo: Neimat Abas/Oxfam

Local humanitarian leadership and religious literacy

Local humanitarian leadership is built upon the premise that humanitarian action should be led by local humanitarian actors whenever possible, yet this research finds that secular humanitarian INGOs do not engage systematically with local faith actors in their local leadership work.

Maimuna, 31, fled the village of Muntina, Nigeria, when Boko Haram destroyed everything eleven months ago. She now lives in Maiduguri, with her children. Photo: Pablo Tosco / Oxfam

Millions of people are facing starvation across East Africa, Yemen and north-east Nigeria. Oxfam is on the ground in each of these regions, providing food, clean water and sanitation to families who are in desperate need of assistance. We urgently need to scale up our response to save more lives. You can help.

Children try to warm themselves in the sun outside their tent at an informal settlement for Syrian refugees in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley.

Joint NGO Briefing: Brussels Syria Conference

In this briefing, Oxfam joins with a variety of agencies to call on all members of the international community to insist on the full implementation of relevant UN Security Council resolutions on Syria that relate to respect for IHL and IHRL.

Rasha*, 7 ans, tient l’une des couvertures données par Oxfam à 400 familles lors d’une distribution de colis pour l'hiver à West Owsija, en Irak. Photo: Sam Tarling/Oxfam

Left out in the cold: supporting refugees through a harsh winter

As winter unfolds, migrants and refugees across Europe and the Middle East are encountering freezing temperatures. Many are surviving in tents or makeshift shelters with little infrastructure to support them. In Greece, Serbia, Jordan and Iraq, we are distributing essential items to help people brave this harsh winter.

Oxfam warns of hunger in Haiti 3 months after Hurricane Matthew

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.

Mujahed, 11 years old, lives with his family and hundreds of other displaced families in Huth camp, in Amran governorate.

Yemen is on the brink of famine after two years of devastating conflict. So far thousands of people have been killed and over 3 million forced to flee their homes. More than half of the country is without enough to eat. We are delivering emergency aid but we urgently need your help to do more.

Karen Ramirez (center) meets with members of a national emergency coordination body in a community affected by a storm surge in El Salvador, in 2015.

Transforming the system of humanitarian response

Across the globe, armed conflicts are triggering crisis after crisis, and climate-related emergencies are on the rise. Oxfam is helping build a movement to shift power and resources into the hands of local humanitarian leaders.

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