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The Greatest Challenge to Humanitarian Work: Funding

Tags: Climate Change, Conflict and War, Emergency Response, Hunger, Refugees and Internal Displacement

Humanitarian needs are at an all-time high worldwide, but woeful underfunding hinders humanitarian action.

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Yemen: Joint INGO statement on the UN-led truce

Tags: Advocacy in Canada, Conflict and War

Ahead of the end of the current UN-led truce agreement on August 2, 2022, humanitarian organizations in Yemen urge all parties to the conflict to adhere to and extend the…

Unprecedented spike in food prices puts Yemenis at risk of extreme hunger

Tags: Conflict and War, Hunger

Yemen is facing unprecedented rises in the price of food putting millions more people in danger of catastrophic hunger, Oxfam warned today. Already exhausted by over seven years of conflict,…

Escalating death, destitution and destruction as Yemeni civilians left to bear brunt of 7-year war – Oxfam

Tags: Conflict and War, Emergency Response, Hunger

The human cost of the war in Yemen is rising sharply as the conflict enters its eighth year, with the number of civilian deaths increasing sharply, hunger on the rise…

Yemen: Rise in airstrikes and landmines add to misery for civilians in Marib after year of increased conflict

Tags: Conflict and War, Hunger

One year after the battle for Yemen’s resource rich Marib governorate escalated, the humanitarian situation has worsened as shifting frontlines, airstrikes and landmines displace nearly 100,000 people, many of whom…

Third COVID-19 wave engulfs Yemen with 99 per cent of people unvaccinated

Tags: Conflict and War, Emergency Response

Yemenis are battling a third wave of COVID-19, which threatens 99 per cent of the population who are unvaccinated, Oxfam said today. Recorded cases of COVID-19 have tripled and the…

Six-fold increase in people suffering famine-like conditions since pandemic began

Tags: Hunger

11 people are likely dying every minute from hunger, now outpacing COVID-19 fatalities, warns Oxfam A new Oxfam report today says that as many as 11 people are likely dying…

A Forgotten Conflict: Yemen Six Years Later

Tags: Conflict and War, Emergency Response

After six years of war, Yemen remains the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.

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Yemen at tipping point as COVID-19 second wave hits amid renewed fighting and famine fears – Oxfam

Tags: Conflict and War

Evidence is mounting that a second wave of COVID-19 is already underway in Yemen, Oxfam warned today, with a 22-fold increase in recorded cases in recent weeks. It comes at…

Nearly 40 per cent of Yemen families forced into debt to pay for essentials – Oxfam

Tags: Conflict and War

Nearly two out of every five families in Yemen buy food and medicines using debt, according to Oxfam research published today. Yemeni families are trapped in a cycle of informal…

13.5 million people face starvation if US designation of Houthis blocks aid and food delivery

Tags: Conflict and War

13.5 million people in Yemen will be pushed towards starvation by the US designation of Ansar Allah, commonly known as the Houthis, as a terrorist organization. The designation comes into…

Oxfam reaction to US Secretary of State Pompeo’s decision to designate the Houthis as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and Specially Designated Global Terrorist

Tags: Conflict and War, Refugees and Internal Displacement

In response to US Secretary of State Pompeo’s decision to designate the Houthis as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and Specially Designated Global Terrorist, Oxfam America’s Humanitarian Policy Lead Scott Paul…

G20 arms exports to Saudi Arabia worth three times the aid given to Yemen since 2015 – Oxfam

Tags: Conflict and War, Refugees and Internal Displacement

Other members of the G20 have exported more than US$17bn worth of arms to Saudi Arabia since it became involved in the conflict in Yemen in 2015 but have given…

The Hunger Virus: 'Abysmally low' funding for 55 million people facing extreme hunger in 7 worst-affected countries

Tags: Hunger

The threat of “COVID-19 famines” and widespread extreme hunger is setting off every alarm bell within the international community, but so far sluggish funding is hampering humanitarian agencies’ efforts to…

Donors slash funding to Yemen by half to 25 US cents a day per person in need

Catastrophic impact of cuts to funding already being felt Donors have given the equivalent of 25 US cents per day for each of the 24.3 million people in need in…

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Open letter to Justin Trudeau on arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Tags: Advocacy in Canada

In this open letter to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Oxfam and 39 civil society organizations express their opposition to arms export permits to Saudi Arabia.

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5 hotspots where COVID-19 is making people hungry

Tags: Hunger

Oxfam estimates that up to 12,000 people a day could die from hunger driven by the pandemic. That could mean more deaths from hunger than from the virus itself.

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One air raid every 10 days on hospitals, clinics, wells and water tanks throughout Yemen war

Tags: Conflict and War, Emergency Response

COVID-19 quarantine centres reportedly hit in March and April Medical and water infrastructure in Yemen has been hit during air raids almost 200 times since the conflict escalated more than…

Yemen facing hidden cholera crisis as COVID-19 cases set to peak in coming weeks: Oxfam

Tags: Conflict and War, Refugees and Internal Displacement

Thousands of people in Yemen could be dying from undetected cases of cholera because COVID-19 has overwhelmed the country’s health facilities and people are too frightened to seek treatment for…

12,000 people per day could die from COVID-19 linked hunger by end of year, potentially more than the disease, warns Oxfam

Tags: Emergency Response, Refugees and Internal Displacement

Eight of the biggest food and beverage companies pay out USD $18 billion to shareholders as new epicentres of hunger emerge across the globe As many as 12,000 people could…

Over 5 million Yemenis at risk of losing access to food and clean water as coronavirus spreads in Yemen

Tags: Conflict and War, Emergency Response

*Survey conducted in Yemen reveals impact of funding shortfalls as pledging conference is held today Recent funding gaps and other challenges in Yemen will put an additional estimated 5.5 million…

Money transfers to Yemen plummet as needs surge amid war and COVID-19

Tags: Conflict and War, Emergency Response

There has been an unprecedented decline in the flow of remittances to Yemen – a vital source of money for millions – just as cases of COVID-19 surge and international…

Innovation meets expertise: Oxfam’s clean water projects around the world

Oxfam's water engineers provide large-scale water supplies and disease-preventing sanitation facilities to millions of vulnerable people around the world.

50 suspected cholera cases every hour for five years in Yemen

Tags: Conflict and War, Emergency Response, Refugees and Internal Displacement

Covid-19 pandemic poses new challenge to country already devastated by war With a recent upsurge in fighting in Yemen, the forthcoming rainy season and tightening of borders due to the…

Rainy season threatens huge cholera spike in Yemen as conflict hampers efforts to address forgotten crisis

Tags: Conflict and War, Emergency Response, Refugees and Internal Displacement, Water

Yemen is suffering a forgotten cholera crisis, Oxfam said today, as it warned the number of people there with the disease could spiral as the country approaches rainy season in April…

Oxfam and aid organizations extremely concerned about recent military escalation in Yemen

Tags: Conflict and War, Hunger

In reaction to the strikes on Jawf governorate, northern Yemen, which killed 31 and injured 12 civilians on February 15, Oxfam and ten international aid organizations working in Yemen said:…

Oxfam Office in Al Dhale’e, Yemen Hit by RPGs

Tags: Conflict and War, Refugees and Internal Displacement

On 22 December, at around 1am, Oxfam’s office in Al Dhale’e was attacked by two RPGs (rocket-propelled grenades). One hit the roof, while the other hit the office gate. Neither of…

One year since Stockholm Agreement, Hudaydah still most dangerous place in Yemen for civilians: Agencies

Tags: Conflict and War, Emergency Response, Hunger, Refugees and Internal Displacement, Violence Against Women and Girls

A quarter of all civilian casualties across Yemen in 2019 were recorded in Hudaydah governorate. Despite a ceasefire in the port city being at the heart of last year’s Stockholm…

15 million Yemenis see water supplies cut amid fuel crisis

Tags: Conflict and War, Refugees and Internal Displacement, Water

15 million people in Yemen have had their water supplies severely cut, putting them at risk of deadly diseases like cholera because of a fuel crisis, analysis by aid agencies,…

Women, peace and security: Ending the Saudi arms deal

Tags: Advocacy in Canada, Conflict and War, Refugees and Internal Displacement

Canada’s bold commitments to Women, Peace and Security hold tremendous potential. But this potential will go unrealized if Canada simultaneously fuels wars that harm women.

The situation in Yemen is nothing short of horrifying. Violence, rising food prices, the destruction of infrastructure, and a lack of basic services makes daily survival a painful struggle for millions of Yemenis. Photo by: Moayed Al-Shaybani, Oxfam

Canada joins the Arms Trade Treaty while still selling arms to Saudi Arabia

Tags: Advocacy in Canada

Following decades of advocacy, Canada has finally joined the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The multilateral treaty aims to regulate international weapons sales in order to reduce suffering caused by illegal…

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Nearly 1,000 child casualties of Yemen war in year since shocking Sa’adabus attack

Tags: Conflict and War, Hunger, Violence Against Women and Girls

Number killed directly by fighting is equivalent to eight more bus loads More than 300 children have died in fighting across Yemen in the year since an airstrike hit a…

7 things to know about Yemen

Tags: Advocacy in Canada, Conflict and War

As the world’s largest humanitarian disaster - 80 per cent of Yemen’s population need humanitarian assistance and protection. Here are seven things you should know about Yemen and Oxfam’s response…

Major spike in cholera likely as agencies struggle to reach infected people

Tags: Conflict and War, Hunger

Fears that the world’s worst cholera outbreak could be set for a massive resurgence are growing as aid agencies in Yemen are struggling to reach almost 40,000 people suspected to…

Four years of bombings and deaths in Yemen

Tags: Conflict and War, Refugees and Internal Displacement, Violence Against Women and Girls

(Ottawa) Four years have passed since the beginning of a bloody war in Yemen. The war has plunged the country into what the UN calls ‘the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.’…

Three civilians killed every day in Yemen despite Stockholm agreements

Tags: Conflict and War, Violence Against Women and Girls

(Ottawa) Three civilians are being killed every day in Yemen – that’s one person every eight hours – despite agreements reached between the internationally recognized government and the Houthis at…

Canadian aid organizations applaud Canada for significant funding for Yemen crisis, call for an end to military assistance to parties to the conflict

Tags: Advocacy in Canada, Conflict and War, Violence Against Women and Girls

In response to Canada’s commitment of funding at the third High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen, the CEOs of Save the Children Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam Quebec…

Yemeni crisis forces parents to marry off three-year-old child in desperate attempt to keep family alive

Tags: Conflict and War, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Violence Against Women and Girls

Conflict, rising food prices and plummeting incomes in Yemen are forcing people to resort to desperate measures to stave off hunger, Oxfam said today. The warning comes as rich countries…

Half a million homeless Yemenis on brink of famine face winter freeze – Oxfam

Tags: Emergency Response, Hunger, Refugees and Internal Displacement

People forced to flee their homes are set for a winter struggle to survive in areas of the country which are one step away from famine and often without adequate…

Rise in hunger an appalling relapse

For the first time in more than a decade, the United Nations reported a sharp increase in hunger around the world. Reacting to the news, Oxfam International’s executive director Winnie…

One civilian dying every three hours in Yemen fighting

Tags: Emergency Response

by | Replace this with image credit information Yemenis are facing the triple threat of war, disease and hunger.  One civilian has been killed every three hours in fighting in…

Escalation in fighting around Hudaydah risks cutting off life-saving supplies for millions of Yemenis

by | Replace this with image credit information Most of the 600,000 people who live in Hudaydah, Yemen’s third biggest city, do not have electricity or water.  Oxfam is warning…

August the cruellest month in Yemen – Oxfam 300 children amongst almost 1000 civilian casualties

by | Replace this with image credit information The grim warning comes as the first talks in two years take place in Geneva to try to secure peace between the…

OXFAM: Hodeidah cannot be allowed to become a graveyard

Conditions for over half a million people in Yemen’s port city of Hodeidah are steadily deteriorating with food in short supply and seriously damaged water and sewage systems increasing the…

Yemen fighting near Hudaydah port threatens to cut lifeline to millions. Photo Credit: Ahmed Alfadeel

Hodeida offensive must be stopped to save lives and the chance for peace

The UN and NGOs received warnings over the weekend for staff to evacuate Hodeida by Tuesday ahead of the offensive, affirming the humanitarian community’s worst fears for Yemen. The UN…

Yemen fighting near Hodeidah port threatens to cut lifeline to millions

Escalation of fighting around Yemen’s port city of Hodeidah threatens to cut off essential supplies to millions of people who are already one step away from famine, Oxfam warned today. …

INGO Joint Statement on the complete opening of Hudaydah Port

Seventeen aid agencies working in Yemen are urging for the complete and unconditional opening of Hudaydah port to allow for the uninterrupted flow of food and fuel. A thirty-day concession…

Yemen being pushed ever closer to famine

Yemen is being pushed ever closer to famine after 1,000 days of a brutal war, exacerbated by a crippling blockade of its key northern ports which is starving its people…

JOINT STATEMENT: Immediate Ceasefire Needed - Yemeni Civilians Cannot Take Any More Suffering

International humanitarian agencies in Yemen are urgently calling on all warring parties for an immediate ceasefire in Sana’a. Escalating clashes between forces aligned with former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and…

Humanitarian agencies condemn the closure of Yemen's air, sea and land ports

Oxfam and 17 other humanitarian agencies expressed serious concern today over the Saudi Arabia-led coalition’s decision to temporarily close all entry points to Yemen, effectively sealing the country off. The…

Yemen's catastrophic cholera crisis

Tags: Emergency Response

In Yemen, cholera is killing one person every hour. Over half of them are children.  Since late April 2017, the cholera epidemic has spread to nearly every corner of the…

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Yemen cholera outbreak now the world’s largest on record

Yemen’s five-month old cholera crisis is now the world’s largest outbreak since records began, Oxfam said today, as the number of suspected cases rose to over 755,000. The Yemen outbreak…

A catastrophic cholera crisis threatens Yemen

Tags: Conflict and War, Emergency Response, Hunger

Yemen’s human-made catastrophe is forcing people to make stark live or die choices. Yemenis, already on the tipping point after more than two years of war, are now being forced…

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Half a million suspected cholera cases in Yemen in just four months

In reaction to the announcement that more than 500,000 people are suspected of contracting cholera in Yemen, Katy Wright, Head of Advocacy, Oxfam said:  “Yemen’s catastrophic cholera crisis is rewriting…

Yemen cholera worst on record & numbers still rising

The number of people with cholera in Yemen is now the largest ever in any country in a single year since records began, Oxfam said today. At more than 360,000…

Yemen cholera killing one person nearly every hour

Yemen is in the grip of a runaway cholera epidemic that is killing one person nearly every hour and if not contained will threaten the lives of thousands of people…

As world faces unprecedented famine threat, G7 should pay up and push for peace

Deadly famine is already affecting 100,000 people in parts of South Sudan and threatens to extend to Yemen, Somalia and northeast Nigeria. Widespread famine across all four countries is not…

Emergency Food Crisis

Tags: Emergency Response, Hunger

This fund will support Canadian and international organizations currently hard at work helping those in need in the affected countries and neighbouring regions. Understand how this fund works. This is…

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Threat of four famines in 2017 “a catastrophic betrayal of our common humanity”

The world stands on the brink of an unprecedented four famines in 2017 due to a catastrophic failure of the global community to uphold its obligations to the most vulnerable…

UN Summit on Refugees Likely to Fall Short

Governments may be patting themselves on the back when they attend Monday’s UN summit on Refugees and Migrants in New York, but their political commitments are falling far short of…

What makes aid workers tick: "I know what it means to be hungry"

Blog contribution by Coco McCabe World Humanitarian Day honors the aid workers who are helping millions of people weather unimaginable crises. Today marks World Humanitarian Day—a time designated by the…

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Oxfam Media Advisory for the World Humanitarian Summit

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The World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul is taking place in a world where 125 million people are affected by disaster and conflict. In 2014/15 Oxfam reached 12.9 million people in…

Media reactive: Oxfam response to UN announcement of worsening hunger in Yemen

Tags: Conflict and War, Hunger

In response to the UN’s announcement of worsening hunger in Yemen, Josephine Hutton, Oxfam’s regional programme manager, said: "Yemen has been on a slow downward road to starvation for many…

Women’s participation in Yemen peace talks key for ending violence and finding lasting political solution

Tags: Conflict and War

Negotiations to end a bloody conflict in Yemen have a far better chance of long term success if women have a place at the table, says Oxfam. The current conflict…

Cyclone Chapala hits war-torn Yemen

Tags: Conflict and War, Natural Disasters

As Cyclone Chapala hits war-torn Yemen, Oxfam Country Director in the country, Sajjad Mohamed Sajid said:  "It's a humanitarian disaster on top of another. In a year of the Super…

Blockade and violence in Yemen Escalates

Tags: Conflict and War, Hunger

Since the start of the conflict, nearly 25,000 additional people are going hungry each day in Yemen as the blockade and fighting restrict food, fuel and other vital supplies, Oxfam…

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Happy Eid – from Yemen

Tags: Advocacy in Canada, Conflict and War, Emergency Response, Hunger, Violence Against Women and Girls

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…

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Oxfam: Lack of fuel could soon cause more deaths than ongoing violence in Yemen

Tags: Conflict and War

Lack of fuel in Yemen caused by the continuing conflict and restrictions of imports could ultimately be responsible for even more deaths than the fighting in the country, Oxfam warned…

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Yemen: Women get on their bikes for their rights

Tags: Advocacy in Canada, Conflict and War, Emergency Response, Violence Against Women and Girls, Women's Transformative Leadership

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.…

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Two-thirds of people in conflict hit Yemen without clean water

Tags: Conflict and War, Water

Ongoing airstrikes, ground fighting and fuel shortages mean that an additional 3 million Yemenis are now without drinking water – raising the total number of Yemenis without a clean water…

Yemen Crisis: A view from the ground

Tags: Advocacy in Canada, Conflict and War, Emergency Response, Hunger, Women's Transformative Leadership

An Oxfam staff worker has written a blog about what life has been like in Yemen for the past week. She is based in Sanaa. Oxfam has been working in…

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Yemen is on the brink of humanitarian disaster with millions of lives at risk

Tags: Conflict and War, Hunger

More than half of Yemen’s population needs aid and a humanitarian crisis of extreme proportions is at risk of unfolding in the country if instability continues, Oxfam warns today. Throughout…

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