A woman and her child take shelter as a Syrian air force jet bombs the streets surrounding her home in Aleppo. Photo credit: Sam Tarling/ Oxfam

The searing images of three-year-old Alan Kurdi have moved through cyberspace and galvanized reaction around the world. People everywhere are shocked and saddened in witnessing the tragedy of a little boy who will never live the long, healthy, happy life he deserved.

Privthyva was born April 25th - an hour after the earthquake. Photo credit: Anthony Scoggins, Oxfam Canada.

It was early August when Pryvthyva’s mom told me – an outsider - her dramatic story.  We had stopped by the local village health post as part of an inter-agency tour of earthquake affected communities to see how people are coping almost 4 months later.

Beyond the headlines, the real challenge is making sure Cuban citizens are at the heart of the historic transformations taking place in their country.

If you ask political parties or the media, this election is about the middle class. If you ask me, it’s about people living in poverty.

Somali women’s peace efforts rely on supporting communities as well as supporting women’s rights.

Somalia hasn’t been in the news much in the past couple of years – which is largely good news – but just because there aren’t headlines doesn’t mean there isn’t something happening.

Children carrying water as the sun sets in South Sudan. Photo: Geoff Pugh/Oxfam.

An end to the fighting would go a long way toward solving the challenges so many families now face in meeting their basic needs.  


Subscribe to Blogs