Conflict & Emergencies

Last week the UN revealed for the first time that more than a quarter of a million people died in Somalia over 18 months from October 2010 to April 2012. These figures are shockingly high especially when you think about the fact that most of the deaths were probably preventable if the world had...

Adapting to life in Jordan’s sprawling desert refugee camp, Za’atari, is hard for all refugees, but especially so for those with disabilities and special needs.

The recent flood of refugees from conflict in Syria is placing a huge strain on Jordan, which is ranked as one of the most water-stressed countries in the world. Because of water constraints, Jordan is only able to provide 150 cubic metres of water per person annually, much lower than the 500...

To respond nimbly to disasters, especially those that don’t grab headlines, Oxfam Canada has a general Emergency Response Fund. In 2012 it was used to help struggling families as far flung as Mozambique, and Afghanistan, India and Cuba.

I can't believe it's been three years already since the earthquake hit in January 2010. I wasn't in Haiti for “le 12” (a local term to refer to the earthquake). I didn't witness the mayhem and great solidarity with my own eyes. I arrived months later, when the reconstruction process was supposed...

What do bars of soap, a mosquito net, a jerry can and a cooking pot have to do with World Humanitarian Day?

 

Since the first warnings of drought and poor harvests in Africa’s Sahel region in late 2011, communities in many areas have been threatened by a looming food crisis

This year, the Sahel region of West Africa is once again likely to face a serious food crisis that could, if early and effective action is not taken, prove as costly to lives and livelihoods as the past food crises in 2005, 2008 and 2010. Every year, these crises affected more than 10 million...

Caroline Gluck, press officer for Oxfam's humanitarian team, returns to Haiti two years after the devastating earthquake, which killed more than 220,000 people and left over a million homeless.

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Fried elaborates on the "protection principles" in the newly launched Sphere Project handbook. 

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