Conflict & Emergencies

Cyclone Pam, Vanuatu

"Canadians know about extreme weather" says Ann Witteveen, Oxfam Canada's Humanitarian manager. The families of Vanuatu are also familiar with the destruction mother nature can wreak – though the magnitude of this cyclone was bigger than most had ever experienced.

Cyclone Pam

Vanuatu has consistently been ranked by the World Risk Index as the country with the highest disaster risk since 2011, and despite significant investment in disaster risk reduction from government, civil society and communities in recent years, it’s clear that people in Vanuatu were unprepared...

Mariam, Syrian refugee

Mariam and her children fled Syria’s conflict two years ago. She strives to shelter, educate and feed her children. Mariam’s story is echoed in most of the settlements in Lebanon, where women make up more than half of the 1.1 million registered refugees. And more than 65% of refugee children don...

Noor, Syrian refugee

Noor, 30, fled the war in Syria with her handicapped husband and two children, a girl, 4, and a boy, 3. She is a teacher by training and has set up a school in a Syrian refugee settlement by the Mediterranean Sea, offering free classes to children. 66% of the Syrian refugee children in Lebanon...

Noor, a Syrian refugee in North Lebanon, decided to turn her tent into a school where she teaches Syrian boys and girls aged 4 to 10 Arabic, English, and sciences.

Ignored Security Council resolutions, escalating conflict and political inertia: Syria’s suffering civilians deserve better. Enormous numbers have had to flee violence in Syria. People of all political persuasion, ages, religious belief and background. Their views are diverse, and strongly held...

Rebecca, South Sudan

“Getting an education is my number one priority," says Rebecca Elija, displaced in Melut, South Sudan. “I wanted to be a doctor but the crisis happened and forced us to move from our homes and postpone our dreams. An experience like this forces you to grow up. When we arrived...

Mary, South Sudan

Mary Nyidor is a journalist from Bor town, South Sudan. "The first thing I share on the radio is the message of peace," says Mary.  She sees her role as helping to bring people together in South Sudan.

Stella, South Sudan

Stella Gitano is a writer, teacher and a poet based in Juba, South Sudan. She moved back to South Sudan after independence, filled with patriotic spirit, to participate in building the nation. Stella says: Writers have a huge responsibility in nation-building as they reflect what is happening in...

Hygiene Promotion In Schools, Democratic Republic of Congo.  Photo: Eleanor Farmer

Oxfam knows from experience that humanitarian crises affect people differently depending on their gender. Read Ann Witteveen's blog on how the Ebola crisis impacts men and women differently.

Ebola Quarantine Distribution

Life on the other side of the line
The challenges of Ebola quarantines in Freetown and how Oxfam is helping
Blog by Melanie Gallant
Melanie is Oxfam Canada’s Media Relations Officer. She is currently on...


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