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Emergencies headlines from around the world

These headlines give the most recent updates from the current work, and areas of concern, of the whole Oxfam confederation. For further information on any of Oxfam's emergency response programmes around the world please contact the Humanitarian HelpDesk in the first instance. Please note, this page represents the latest updates where available and not a list of current activities.

14 July, 2017


South Sudan: This week South Sudan marked its sixth birthday, but sadly there's been little reason to celebrate. While much was written about the fact famine is technically no longer occurring in the country, more people than ever are going hungry. 

Corrie Sissons, our Emergency Food Security and Vulnerable Livelihoods Coordinator, has written a blog about the food crisis and the desperate situation facing millions. Read South Sudan: though famine has ceased hunger has spread

Tanzania: The refugee population in Tanzania has continued to increase adding pressure on available facilities. There are currently 250,000 living in camps, and with no new land being made available for refugees, existing camps are being expanded. Most are already beyond their original capacity and we've been assisting in the search for alternative water sources to provide for the increased population.

In addition we've constructed child friendly latrines and new bathing shelters within the last month, while also reaching over 80,000 people with health promotion messages. This included awareness sessions to mark Global Menstrual Hygiene Day.


Nigeria: The influx of returnees from Cameroon to Nigeria continues, and with capacity already overstretched, we're becoming increasingly concerned about conditions awaiting new arrivals. Especially so in Pulka where the lack of water is creating tensions between host communities and those displaced. We're continuing to scale up our water, sanitation and hygiene work in the town.

We also have a team working quickly on cholera and Hepatitis E response activities in Rann before it becomes impossible to access due to the coming rains.


Iraq: "There are 300,000 displaced people in camps around Mosul with the fight against ISIS far from over." This was Oxfam's Country Director in Iraq, Andres Gonzalez, speaking after the announcement by the Iraqi Security Forces earlier this week that they'd retaken the city. Andres was talking to Australian television about the dire humanitarian situation - watch the video


Philippines: With 400,000 now displaced following fighting in Marawi City, one of our local partners, United Youth of the Philippines-Women (UnYPhil-Women) has been providing support for those running the evacuation centres outside the city - many of them displaced themselves.

As UnYPhil-Women's Executive Director - Noraido Abo - points out, "Usually, Marawi City hosts evacuees from adjacent municipalities. This time around though, it's the entire… city that has been evacuated…. people are still afraid, especially because this is the first time this ever happened to them." Alongside these counselling sessions, UnYPhil-Women has also provided play therapy sessions for children displaced by the conflict. You can watch a short video and read more about their work here. And for further updates about our response in Marawi City, check out our Facebook page.

India: We've kicked off our response in the Lakhimpur and Karimganj districts of Assam state following recent floods. Hygiene and shelter kits have been distributed, while we've been carrying out public health promotion activities in villages and camps. We've also been developing a public health facilities plan in consultation with local communities and government officials.

Meanwhile in Manipur we've deployed staff to assess the most pressing needs in three of the worst affected areas. Any response won't be straightforward however as landslides have blocked roads. We're reviewing contingencies for transporting stock.

07 July, 2017


Uganda: The number of South Sudanese refugees in the country continues to rise at an alarming rate - currently 950,000 - and the main challenge remains a lack of funding to cover the emergency needs.

We were heavily involved at the recent Refugee Solidarity Summit in Uganda, calling upon governments to increase funding - especially for local agencies - and to tackle the root causes of the crisis through backing a peace process. More funds were promised, and while it's a start, we felt it fell short of what's needed. Read our full response.

Post-summit we've been part of a joint-agency group, exploiting the strength of working together, and seeking further lobbying opportunities. You can keep up to date with our work in Uganda via our social media pages - @OxfaminUganda and


Philippines: Ongoing offensives in Marawi City have caused further displacements, with the total number now over 380,000. Many have formed spontaneous settlements, and in these areas it remains a huge challenge to track and monitor their needs. Through our partners we continue to distribute hygiene kits, kitchen essentials and sleeping materials, while hygiene promotion activities are ongoing. We've also helped set up a radio show offering information and advice to displaced people about security concerns, benefits available and legal queries.

15-year-old Osnia was one of those forced to flee her home along with her parents and one-year-old sister, and is currently living in a cramped evacuation centre. You can read more about her story, and others who've fled, on the Oxfam in Philippines website. 

India: Oxfam's responding in the Assam state after monsoon rains caused major flooding, affecting over 350,000 people. Hundreds of villages are under water while crops and infrastructure have been damaged. We've deployed a rapid assessment team to the most affected districts - Karimganj and Lakimpur - where the most pressing needs are access to shelter, hygiene facilities and portable drinking water.

We're still developing our response, aiming to reach 27,500 affected people, but in the meantime we've started with food and tarpaulin distributions.

China: Torrential rain has lashed 8 provinces in central and south China in the last couple of weeks, with floods damaging crops and forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes. Around 19,000 houses have collapsed. Oxfam's already carried out assessments in the most impoverished provinces, and it's in these remote areas where we're planning to respond. We'll have more details soon.