Conflict & Emergencies

Fatima, 17, in her family’s tent in Taneeb, Jordan, pours water into a bottle. The water filter was donated by Oxfam as part of the aid distributed to refugees living in informal tented settlements. Oxfam is working in Syria and neighbouring countries hel

Canadians couldn’t have asked for a more optimistic start to 2016 than to begin the new year knowing that our country will be welcoming 25,000 Syrian refugees to resettle in Canada.

Hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria have seen another winter descend on the Middle East, for some this is their fifth away from home in increasingly difficult living conditions. 

Rachel Nyakier stands in front of her land bare of any crops due to unpredictible and unreliable rains. Stella Madete/Oxfam.

Approximately 1.65 million people have been displaced by 21 months of violence in South Sudan, including around 630,000 people who are sheltering in neighbouring countries.

Syrian refugee women gather together in Suwere, a small town in Lebanon’s Bekaa valley. The small refugee settlement where these courageous women now call home is nestled between the fertile mountains of Eastern Lebanon, not far from one of Lebanon’s worl

I have a lot to be thankful for. Good health, a loving family, a home and a gratifying job. But like many, I often take these blessings for granted.  This year, however, is different.

A woman and her child take shelter as a Syrian air force jet bombs the streets surrounding her home in Aleppo. Photo credit: Sam Tarling/ Oxfam

The searing images of three-year-old Alan Kurdi have moved through cyberspace and galvanized reaction around the world. People everywhere are shocked and saddened in witnessing the tragedy of a little boy who will never live the long, healthy, happy life he deserved.

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.

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