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Rwandan refugees returning from camps in Tanzania in 1996. Credit: Howard Davies/Oxfam

The Rwandan genocide: twenty years on

In 1994, an estimated 800,000 people were massacred in Rwanda in the space of a hundred days. David Bryer was Oxfam director at the time, here he remembers what he describes as the lowest point in...

A Syrian refugee girl in Zaatari Camp, Jordan, where new arrivals are still living in tents in the cold in harsh desert conditions. Credit: Karl Schembri/Oxfam

Syria needs peace, not foreign weapons

As peace talks take place in Geneva the conflict in Syria is close to entering its fourth year. The fighting continues to be fueled by arms and ammunition from far beyond the country's...

Ahmed, 19, Mohammed, 5 and Sami, 7, sit in the small room in which they live, with their mother and 5 more relatives. Credit: Luca Sola/Oxfam

Syria's refugees and the kindness of strangers

Last week Ben Phillips, Campaigns and Policy Director, visited Syrian refugee families living in Lebanon. Here, he shares their stories of survival and kindness experienced in hostile conditions....

A family living in a makeshift tent in Kidawa village where 300 out of 760 houses were destroyed by Typhoon Bopha. Credit: Caroline Gluck/Oxfam

After Haiyan: crucial steps in the path to recovery

One month after Typhoon Haiyan devastated millions of homes and lives in the Philippines, Shaheen Chughtai reviews the situation on the ground and what's needed for people to be able to...

Women carry dustbins and brooms in Mangaize refugee camp, Niger. Credit: Boubacar Soumaré/Oxfam

Call to action: ending violence against women in emergencies

Today, governments, UN agencies, and NGOs are gathering in London to pledge action to address violence against women and girls in emergencies. Caroline Green asks, what is this all about? What's...

Cousins Rebecca (left) and Mariam in Satkhira Bangladesh June 2009, one week after Cycline Aila. Credit: Mahmud/Oxfam

In double jeopardy: adolescent girls and disasters

On the International Day of the Girl Child Tess Dico-Young welcomes the findings from a new report by Plan International on the need to better address the needs of adolescent girls in humanitarian...

Marie Carmel Lindor with her son Christopher, 6 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Credit: Diana Hernandez Cordero/Oxfam

Making markets work in emergencies — and everyday life

In the run up to World Humanitarian Day, we're looking at different aspects of humanitarian work and how it is evolving to better meet people's needs. Here, Carol Brady explains the value...

Syria Crisis: We are not alone

"So mummy are we beggars now?" is a question Sahra's daughters asked her. It's virtually the first thing she tells us when we visit her and other women refugees in Shabreeha, South...

Syria crisis: Reema, a girl whose face you'll never see

Today I met a girl whose face you'll never see because she's too scared about what will happen when she returns to Syria, "I don't want my photograph to be taken because I'm...

Syria crisis: The story of Manal

Katy Wright is our Head of UK Government Relations. She recently travelled to Lebanon with women's rights campaigner, Lady Fiona Hodgson, and Oxford MP and Oxfam Association Member, Nicola Blackwood....

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