Australia is learning firsthand what our neighbours have suffered for years

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The bushfires have shown us what climate change looks like. A reality millions are facing today all over the world. We reflect on the crisis and what we can do today.

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Turning your emergency donation into instant aid with Blockchain

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New Blockchain technology has the potential to deliver emergency cash transfers in a faster, cheaper and more transparent fashion than ever before.

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Mini’s Remarkable Story of Change

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Like many Ni-Vanuatu young women, Mini Mului had always enjoyed school, but had to leave when she fell pregnant. Read how her life, and the lives of many other young Ni-Vanuatu people were changed forever as a result of Youth Challenge Vanuatu, a partner of Oxfam.

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When disaster strikes for people with disability

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People with disability already face many barriers to enjoying equal access and inclusion in society. So in the face and aftermath of disaster and conflict, people with disability are particularly vulnerable.

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Join me to #StandWithThePacific

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It’s almost exactly six months since Tropical Cyclone Pam made a direct and devastating hit on Vanuatu, changing lives forever. Recently, I visited Vanuatu and Kiribati and saw first-hand the devastating impacts of climate change in action. Changing weather patterns and rising seas are threatening homes and making it harder for people to grow, buy and […]

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The spirit of Vanuatu: 3 months since Cyclone Pam

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About three months ago, Oxfam Vanuatu Country Director Colin Collett van Rooyen, opened his front door in Port Vila not knowing what to expect. Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam had torn through Vanuatu’s capital just hours before. Today, he reflects on Oxfam’s recovery efforts and the incredible spirit of the people of Vanuatu.

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Sharing lessons from Cyclone Pam in Samoa

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Just two months ago Vanuatu took a direct hit from Cyclone Pam — one of the strongest cyclones ever recorded in the South Pacific. You have seen the images, read the stories, and are no doubt following Vanuatu’s determined efforts to rebuild and recover. But there is another story waiting to be told.

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Journey to Ambrym: delivering aid to Vanuatu

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It was on Monday 23 March when the first Vanuatu ferry loaded its cargo of much-needed aid for some of the northern and most remote islands of Vanuatu. Oxfam had 400 hygiene kits on board ready to give to the worst affected communities on Ambrym Island.

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Cyclone Pam: the ‘perfect’ storm

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Cyclone Pam is a tragic reminder that least developed countries – who have contributed almost nothing to the problem of climate change – are suffering the devastating consequences of global inaction. The price paid by the people of Vanuatu increased sharply last week. We must stand with them.

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“My only thought was that ‘this is the end’.”

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Lisa was heavily pregnant when Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu. She and her husband decided to leave their home though and take shelter in a nearby church with some of their neighbours. They didn’t believe their house could withstand the storm. And they were right.

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“We have had to use all of our savings to buy food”

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“As our plane descended into Port Vila, I caught glimpses of the islands that make up Vanuatu between perfectly formed clouds, which looked still, as if in a painting — the blue of the ocean a calm turquoise canvas beneath. The islands themselves looked ravaged, trees torn and broken and houses left without roofs or walls. I found myself imagining how different this view would have been just a week before, on the eve of the biggest cyclone to ever hit the Pacific.”

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Vanuatu: residents signal for help

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As aid begins to reach the hard hit Vanuatu islands of Tanna and Erromango, aerial assessments of other islands show residents signalling for help using mirrors, or by marking out large white “H’s” on the ground.

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The aftermath of Cyclone Pam

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More Oxfam Humanitarian Emergency responders have flown to Vanuatu this morning as the unconfirmed death toll from Cyclone Pam begins to climb. Oxfam Country Director in Port Vila, Colin Collett van Rooyen, said the situation in Vanuatu was increasingly grim.

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Eyewitness – Cyclone Pam

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“Pam arrived announced by the drum roll of our shutters. Then she roared, she squealed, she hissed. She spat and cursed in deep bass tones, and at the same time she whistled and screeched in ways that messed with our senses.”

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Cyclone Pam’s path of destruction

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Cyclone Pam, a massive category 5 cyclone has torn a path of destruction through the small Pacific Island nation of Vanuatu. In its wake it has left the community the huge task of rebuilding wrecked lives. Oxfam has a team based in the country and is ready to respond to support the people of Vanuatu.

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Vanuatu prepares for Category 5 Cyclone Pam

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A severe Category 5 cyclone is on it’s way to Vanuatu. All six provinces and islands are on red alert — the highest alert and warning level in Vanuatu. Colin Collett van Rooyen, Oxfam’s Country Director in Vanuatu says Oxfam is on standby but is worried for the small island nation.

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Growing food in a changing climate

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In August, Shirley Laban (Oxfam) and Mala Silas (CARE International in Vanuatu), visited Australia to share their stories on how local communities are meeting the challenges of climate change.

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Growing food in a changing climate, Vanuatu comes to Australia

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Vanuatu. An idyllic paradise in the South Pacific, where thousands of Australians go each year to bask under the sun in balmy breezes, snorkel through vibrant coral reefs and enjoy gourmet food. But for Shirley (Oxfam) and Mala (CARE International in Vanuatu), Vanuatu is home, and behind the covers of the glossy holiday brochures lies […]

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