Conflict & Emergencies

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...

As a result of the current conflict in South Sudan, the gains in food security realized over the last several years of peace are being reversed and an estimated 7 million people are in need of assistance.

What an amazing display of support for the #WithSyria campaign for the third anniversary of the Syria crisis – congratulations one and all for a truly moving display of solidarity!

Today, over 5 million Syrian children are in need of assistance, including over 1 million children who have sought refuge in neighboring countries. Photo: Muath Freij/Oxfam

As the third anniversary of the Syria crisis approaches, it is impossible not to be affected by the plight of millions of children caught in the cross-fire, fleeing with families or beginning their lives as refugees in Syria’s neighboring countries.

Photo: Oxfam

Popular British graffiti artist Banksy has shown his support for the #WithSyria campaign by reworking his iconic image of a little girl with a balloon, entitled "There is Always Hope", to show a Syrian child.

Women are already very marginalized in the South Sudanese society. Violence against women is not uncommon, and is above all seen as a very private matter. I can only imagine how exposed especially single mothers, and young girls are to harassment and sexual violence, but we know little, too...

Aid alone cannot bring an end to the Syria crisis. Talking to refugees in Jordan with whom Oxfam is working, there is shared sense of desperation that a political solution must be found.

Oxfam staff help to distribute mats and other non-food items at a UN base in Juba, currently home to around 18,000 displaced people. Photo: Anita Kattakhuzy/Oxfam

I've seen so many countries, ravaged by conflict, and every time it strikes me how it is always the most vulnerable, the children, the women and the elderly who are hardest hit by war and terror. I'm deeply concerned about the faith of the women and young girls within this UN compound, and even...


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