The cholera outbreak in South Sudan is a wake up call for the government and the aid world to redouble efforts to tackle a worsening cycle of misery. Money is urgently needed to fund an immediate surge in action to tackle the disease.
The story of a Syrian refugee who begins a new life in Jordan’s Zaatari camp fixing mobile phones and helps fellow refugees print off photos of happier times is the focus of an upcoming documentary film which will be previewed to mark World Refugee Day (June 20th) as part of a joint campaign by Oxfam and the European Commission’s Office for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO).
International humanitarian agencies issue a grave warning ahead of crucial donor conference for South Sudan, stating millions of people risk plunging deeper into crisis if urgent funding is not delivered.
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.
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.
On the 3rd anniversary of South Sudan’s independence, Oxfam has warned that appeals to fund the aid effort are failing as the country’s humanitarian crisis is spiralling out of control with malnutrition and sickness rising and an ever increasing number of people forced to flee their homes.
In 2012, Oxfam continued to fight poverty and deep rooted injustice.
Surendrini Wijeyaratne, Humanitarian Advisor for Oxfam said:
Amidst jubilant celebration, the new Republic of South Sudan entered the international stage in July 2011 albeit as one of the least developed countries in the world.