More than $2.2bn worth of arms and ammunition have been imported since 2000 to countries operating under arms embargoes, according to new figures released today by international humanitarian agency Oxfam. Oxfam says lack of global rules on arms trade is main factor for embargo violations.
Renewed military action against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) risks triggering further devastation for local people in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, and South Sudan unless more is done to protect civilians and prevent retaliations by one of Africa’s most brutal rebel groups, Oxfam and nine other international agencies and local organizations said today.
Hundreds of thousands of poor people will go without life-saving medicines and many more children will miss out on school because of the first global cuts in aid since 1997, Oxfam warned today.
Humanitarian groups call for swift reinforcement of aid
Oxfam seeks to help 1 million of the most vulnerable
In the briefing note “A Shift in Focus – putting the interests of Somali people first”, Oxfam said that although responsibility for Somalia’s decades-long crisis lies first and foremost with factions inside the country, international engagement in the conflict has at times undermined relief efforts.
Six months after floods devastated Sindh and parts of Balochistan province, at least 2.5 million Pakistanis still need help to survive, international and national aid agencies warned today.
The coalition of agencies said that a lackluster response from international funders is seriously threatening flooded communities' chances of coping with the next monsoon season and called on the Pakistani government to boost its efforts to limit the impact of future disasters
A new Oxfam report says that human deprivation and environmental degradation must be tackled together because humanity’s two major operating boundaries – “social boundaries” like hunger, inequality and ill-health and the “planetary or environmental boundaries” like climate change and biodiversity loss - are inextricably linked.
A new Oxfam report states that great strides have been made in delivery of international humanitarian assistance, but the future requires a shift of resources to ensure local governments and civil society partners are equipped to prevent, prepare for and save lives during disasters.