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29 Dec 2008 description
report Oxfam

A year of wars, weather and financial woes hit the poor

For thousands of people around the world 2008 was a tough year, with a number of violent conflicts causing widespread suffering, and the triple crunch of climate change, the food crisis and the economic downturn hitting the poorest hardest, said Oxfam today.

In countries such as Zimbabwe, Sudan, and Sri Lanka, ongoing conflicts continue to blight the lives of millions of poor men, women and children, and impede progress in reducing poverty. In the DRC, renewed fighting has displaced hundred of thousands, and the Israeli blockade …