Conflict & Emergencies

Privthyva was born April 25th - an hour after the earthquake. Photo credit: Anthony Scoggins, Oxfam Canada.

It was early August when Pryvthyva’s mom told me – an outsider - her dramatic story.  We had stopped by the local village health post as part of an inter-agency tour of earthquake affected communities to see how people are coping almost 4 months later.

Somali women’s peace efforts rely on supporting communities as well as supporting women’s rights.

Somalia hasn’t been in the news much in the past couple of years – which is largely good news – but just because there aren’t headlines doesn’t mean there isn’t something happening.

Children carrying water as the sun sets in South Sudan. Photo: Geoff Pugh/Oxfam.

An end to the fighting would go a long way toward solving the challenges so many families now face in meeting their basic needs.  

Trash fills the streets of Sanaa, Yemen. Credit: Oxfam

Eid is upon us. But it doesn’t feel like Eid. Fighting in Yemen has not ceased throughout the month of Ramadan – in fact it intensified. The upcoming holiday is meant to encourage forgiveness, charity, remembrance of God and generosity to ones neighbors. It’s also an opportunity to get members...

Last summer, 16 year old Eba'a Hamouda watched terrified as the bombs fell all around her in Gaza. Since then she has used her love of drawing and writing to try and come to terms with what happened.

Bushra al-Fusail called on women to ride their bikes through the war torn capital to protest against the ongoing conflict. Photo by: Bushra al-Fusail

Amidst bombings and shortages in fuel, food and vital supplies, a group of Yemeni women came together for an unconventional demonstration against the war... and the lack of women’s rights.

To date, 1.2 million Syrians are living in Lebanon. Almost 4 million have fled Syria, while 7.6 million are displaced inside the country. Countless lives suspended in a timeless await.

An elderly woman is being assisted by a volunteer to pass through the cordoned off site in Patan Durbar Square, UNESCO World Geritage Site.

The 7.9 magnitude earthquake on 25th April left the country reeling, killing over 8,000 people, injuring more than 18,000 and leaving 2.8 million people without homes.

Elsa (13) stands beside her grandmother Dhankumari.

As we see the poignant images coming out of Nepal’s catastrophic earthquake, it’s important to remember those who often remain invisible in such disasters. Historically, women and children are the most marginalized survivors, as their needs become subordinate to what are deemed more pressing...

Today, at midday local time, an estimated 7.9 magnitude earthquake shook Nepal, near the capital, Katmandu.

Kathmandu was ever a disaster-in-waiting. The densely populated capital of one of the world’s poorest countries clings to the slopes of the seismically unstable Himalayas. The city was near-levelled and 8,500 killed in its last great earthquake 81 years before. It had history. On Saturday the...

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