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A group of refugees rests in a camp in Moria, Greece. Credit: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

The human dimension: Greece's escalating humanitarian crisis

ON THE GROUND REFLECTION: At every EU migration summit in recent months, border security has trumped the safety and wellbeing of people on the move. This has been causing human misery and...

Oxfam volunteers and Syrian children in Zaatari camp built kites on Monday 7th March and decorated them with Doves, as part of the solidarity campaign #withSyria. Credit: Adeline Guerra/Oxfam

Syria five years on: hope in the darkness

OPINION: Five years into the Syria conflict, good news has been a rare commodity for millions of people affected by that catastrophic war. Is there any hope? Shaheen Chughtai weighs up the...

Boys participate in a lesson about hygiene at an Oxfam community centre in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, on September 21, 2015. Credit Sam Tarling/Oxfam

Syria: what does it take to spark compassion?

The international community has failed so far to address the spiralling catastrophe in Syria. As Oxfam publishes its latest 'fair share' report on the international response to the conflict,...

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...