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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...

End sexual violence in conflict

Why peace in Syria is dependent on women's inclusion

Jane Remme, our regional gender adviser for the Middle East and Commonwealth of Independent States, attended this week's summit on sexual violence in conflict and came away inspired by the...

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....

Three women paint together in a Syrian Voice workshop

Unmasking violence: Syrian women paint stories

Oxfam partner ARDD-Legal Aid is a Jordan-based human rights organisation, which implements the Voice refugee-centred project. As part of the 16 days of activism campaign, ARDD-Legal Aid raised awareness...

Hanging out laundry at the Al Waha Commercial Centre, an abandoned shopping centre in Dede Al Koura near the city of Tripoli. Sam Tarling/ Oxfam

“Our womanhood has disappeared...” Changing gender roles among Syrian refugees

Over one million people have fled to Lebanon in the hope of escaping the violence in Syria. It is now widely acknowledged that war affects men and women differently as a result of conflict compounding...