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Almost four million refugees and asylum seekers have fled from one conflict zone to another Oxfam said today ahead of two summits being held in New York next week (19, 20 September) aimed at addressing the refugee crisis.
Autor: Deepayan Basu Ray, Asesor de investigacionse de Oxfam GB, armas y desarrollo
La escasa regulación del comercio de armas y municiones debilita la capacidad de los gobiernos para mantener los avances en materia de desarrollo, tanto porque alimenta y agrava los conflictos y la violencia armada, como porque desvía recursos de las actividades dirigidas a la reducción de la pobreza.
Auteur: Deepayan Basu Ray, Conseiller sur le contrôle des armes et le développement, Oxfam Grande-Bretagne
The poorly regulated global trade in arms and ammunition weakens the ability and willingness of governments to sustain progress in development. It fuels and exacerbates conflicts and armed violence, diverting resources away from poverty reduction activities. Development gains are lost as communities are paralysed: schools are closed, health systems are strained to breaking point, investment is discouraged, and security is undermined.
- New report shows Somalia and Haiti top list of global education hot spots
- Former UK Prime Minister Brown warns that a "generation could be condemned to poverty"
- Rich countries breaking their aid promises and using education funds for domestic universities
Somalia and Haiti have topped a list of the world's worst places to be a school child as a new report from the Global Campaign for Education, backed by organizations including Education International, Oxfam, Plan, Save the Children and VSO warned that poor countries are teetering on the brink of an education …
Drought and conflict have left more than three million people dependent on aid in Somalia. A senior policy advisor for Oxfam America calls it the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.
On May 20, 2009, Shannon Scribner, senior policy advisor for Oxfam America, presented the following testimony on the humanitarian situation in Somalia to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs.
For the first time, IANSA, Oxfam, and Safeworld have estimated the economic cost of armed conflict to Africa's development. Around $300bn since 1990 has been lost by Algeria, Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Republic of Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan and Uganda.
This sum is equivalent to international aid from major donors in the same period.
Oxfam Australia calls on immediate support from all Australians to help the drought stricken men, women and children of Africa.
Los equipos de Oxfam Internacional detectan que, en algunas zonas, la gente sólo dispone de tres vasos de agua por persona y día para sobrevivir
Eritrea is facing critical food shortages. With funding from Oxfam Unwrapped - Oxfam's Christmas gift catalogue - we are providing families in the worst affected areas with seeds, fertiliser and ploughs to enable them to plant their crops.
"No doubt, my farm will be ploughed now. I got what is necessary for me. What only remains is my part to start ploughing," exclaimed Rezan Abraha happily.
Rezan Abraha, 36, is a mother of four from Areza in Debub. Her husband joined the military in 1999 and since then she has taken full responsibility for the family.
A serious food crisis is unfolding across many East African countries; large numbers of people, across wide areas of Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania Uganda, Kenya, and Somaliland, are short of food.
Those most badly affected are pastoral groups who depend largely on livestock for their survival both for consumption and for exchange for other food and household items.
While the worlds richest countries have given millions of dollars to ensure that the UN appeal for the tsunami is funded, their response to the world's 15 other biggest emergencies has been stingy, said international agency Oxfam, today.
Barbara Stocking, Director of Oxfam Great Britain, said: "The tsunami has shown that when the world wants to deal with a humanitarian crisis it can mobilise massive resources and save lives. So far the global response to world's other emergencies has been stingy in comparison.
Close to 15 million people across the Horn of Africa are now affected by drought:
Oxfam International / Care International joint press release
Widespread drought has withered crops from Ethiopia to southern Africa. Nearly 38 million Africans will require outside food donations by early in 2003--or they will face starvation. Donating countries have promised less than half of what is needed to prevent widespread famine.
Oxfam has been implementing emergency programmes for people displaced by the border war with Ethiopia since July 1999. Renewed fighting in the west, south and east of the country during May and June 2000 led to thousands more people being displaced from their homes, perhaps as many as one million in all.
The world is in danger of failing the people of Ethiopia as drought threatens millions of lives, according to the international aid agency Oxfam.
In Africa, millions of lives are being threatened by wars that have driven people from their homes and ruined their livelihoods. However, peace could be attained by an immediate increase in international humanitarian assistance and a long-term political commitment to uphold peace agreements.