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Abu Ali, 45, who fled Syria in 2012 with his mother, wife, and 11 children. Credit: Yasmine Chawaf/Oxfam

No one ever thinks they will be called a refugee

For refugees and internally displaced persons in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan, every aspect of daily life is difficult. The crisis in Syria is also placing pressure on host communities. In the run up...

Abu Ali, 45, who fled Syria in 2012 with his mother, wife, and 11 children. Credit: Yasmine Chawaf/Oxfam

Syria: wealthy governments hold the key to survival for millions

Governments are meeting in Kuwait this week to discuss Syria's humanitarian crisis. In our new paper, Syria Crisis Fair Share Analysis 2015, we call on wealthy donor states to pledge their fair...

Melut, South Sudan. May, 2014 (Credit: Kieran Doherty/ Oxfam)

Attention-deficit: is aid failing fragile states?

Oxfam is one of the world's leading providers of humanitarian aid in emergencies. In 2014, it supported around 5.5 million people in crisis. Here, Laura Searle talks about why we have compiled...

Syrian refugee women living in an informal settlement line the side of a road mid-morning waiting to depart to the tomato fields in Lebanon's Bekaa valley (Credit: Maya Hautefeuille/Oxfam)

Aid for Syrian refugees needs to extend to support host countries

As millions of Syrians are now taking refuge in neighbouring countries such as Lebanon, the infrastructure and public services are feeling the strain. Here, Camilla Jelbart Mosse outlines why there...

Ammar sits with his children in Baqaa camp, Balqa, Jordan (Credit: F. Muath/Oxfam)

We applaud aid to Syria, but it is not enough

On November 26, Oxfam joined with 30 organisations to write an open letter to David Cameron calling for an increase on our pledge to resettle Syrian refugees. Here, we republish the letter in full....

Berlin Conference on Syria refugee response must deliver as harsh winter approaches

Yasmine, 23, splashes her face with steaming hot water from Oxfam's newly installed taps. As winter approaches, and temperatures are set to plummet below freezing, a little hot water goes a long...

Syrian children living in makeshift shelters in Amman, Jordan (Credit: Alan Brouder/Oxfam)

Going urban - aid must adapt to shifting refugee trends

Humanitarian aid is usually associated with camps and emergency shelters, both in terms of the images shown and the concentration of aid workers. However, with the numbers of refugees living in cities...

Demand an end to indiscriminate attacks in Syria

No film will ever capture the gruesome reality of daily attacks on schools, hospitals, and homes in Syria. Reports of yet another deadly rocket attack do not tell us of the constant fear and grief...

Hand washing day organised by Oxfam and other INGOs at Zaatari camp in Jordan, October 2013. Sam Tarling/Oxfam

Getting water to Zaatari during drought season

Could you cope with just 35 litres of water, the equivalent of one 5 minute shower, a day? On World Humanitarian Day, Alaa Milbes shares the situation in Zaatari refugee camp as the summer heat...

Sara carries her youngest son to her tent in the Jordan Valley. Credit: F. Muath/Oxfam

What does it feel like to be a refugee? Perceptions from Jordan

On World Refugee Day we hear from Alexandra Saieh, Oxfam's policy officer for our Syria crisis response in Jordan, as she reflects on our recent research on the perceptions of displaced Syrians...