Conflict & Emergencies

Ann Witteveen (second from left) in South Sudan with Oxfam Public Health Officer, Elizabeth (far left) and family who is living in the Minkamman refugee camp.

Recently, Oxfam Canada sat down with Ann Witteveen, or Humanitarian Manager, before she headed off to Islamabad to monitor a water and sanitation project at the Jalozai refugee camp. Ann has spent over 15 years managing humanitarian responses.

South Sudan, one of the most challenging places to be a humanitarian

On World Humanitarian Day Pieter Struijf, Oxfam’s Program Manager for Jonglei, writes about the challenges of delivering aid in rural South Sudan and the crucial role played by the local staff.

Six year olds In Gaza live through a third war. Photo: Oxfam

Salama Shamali is just six years old, yet he has already lived through three wars.

Mobile health clinic in Gaza supported by Oxfam and run by the Palestinian Medical Relief Society.

We tell our children that schools are places where they can make their hopes and dreams come true. But today in Gaza, schools have become places of desperation - a last resort for sheltering families who have nowhere else to go.

Olives harvested in Gaza

After nearly a month of bombardment, Gaza's food supplies are running low and an entire year's harvest is at risk.

1.5 million people have been displaced by this conflict. Almost 100,000 have sought shelter in UN bases like this one in Bor. Photo: Kieran Doherty/Oxfam

South Sudan has been independent for three years. But in the past seven months, the sense of unity that brought its people together in 2011 has been lost, pushing 1.5 million from their homes and forcing many to live in appalling conditions.

Photo: Sam Tarling, Oxfam

A few days after the high-profile summit on ending sexual violence in conflict hosted by the UK government and Angelina Jolie in London, a group of Syrian women met in Amman, Jordan. There were no celebrities at this meeting, and no cameras. In fact, if there had been cameras many of the women...

The Mingkaman camp for displaced people in Awerial, South Sudan, has become a haven for almost 100,000 people. Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

One of the main reasons people don’t have enough food to eat is because of armed conflict. The UN estimates that $2.2 billion is needed to prevent hunger and starvation in South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia and the Central African Republic.

Last December, Nyakuoth was living happily in South Sudan, with her husband and five children. At 27 years-old, one of Nyakuoth’s wishes was to one day visit Uganda—little did she know she would soon end up there as a refugee.

You may not have seen much information about Somalia recently. Other emergencies command more media attention, and too often Somalia - following twenty years of civil war and recurrent drought - is written off as a problem that just rumbles on in the background. But it’s worth revisiting what is...


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