Sabina’s story

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Sabina survived the stress of decades of political turmoil on the road to independence in Timor-Leste, but this is different — there’s no end in sight.

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The women of Somaliland: stories of strength and survival

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The women of Eastern Somaliland are being pushed to the edge, desperately seeking food for their children as their country stands on the brink of famine. We met with six women who told us their stories of strength and survival.

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A recipe to help stop hunger in Mozambique

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Anariata, 28, lives in Mozambique, where regular drought can mean life-threatening hunger. Despite the dry, desert-like conditions, Anariata has learned how to produce and sell food for improved nutrition and valuable income — and is now teaching others how to do the same.

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West Africa: a long-term plan

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Louise Mooney is the humanitarian program coordinator for Oxfam Australia’s Africa unit, and is currently in Niger to see how our response to the West Africa food crisis is unfolding. Here, she reports from her first full day in Niamey.

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Millions at risk in the Sahel food crisis

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The food crisis in West and Central Africa’s Sahel region is threatening more than 18 million people. It’s an overwhelming figure, but our new infographic shows who’s affected, where – and why.

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Portraits from Mauritania

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Earlier this month, photographer Pablo Tosco visited drought-stricken Mauritania for our Spanish affiliate Intermón Oxfam. Besides taking some unforgettable photos, Pablo spoke to some of the locals about how they’re coping.

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“City of hope”: Reflections from Somaliland

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By Caroline Berger, Oxfam Great Britain’s Regional and Information Communications Officer for the Middle East, Eastern Europe and the CIS Like many people, my impression of Somalia is coloured by the familiar TV images of a lawless land governed by conflict, piracy and bloodshed. With this in mind I was a little apprehensive to visit […]

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Habibo’s story

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As famine creeps across southern Somalia, the Bay region is the latest area to be affected. Habibo, a widowed mother of three, fled the area after losing all her livestock to drought. She now lives in Mogadishu’s crowded Badbado camp.

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Praying for paradise

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Heralding the end of Ramadan, the Eid Al Fitr holiday is usually a time of celebration for Muslims. For those in the Dadaab refugee complex, however, it’s just another day spent praying for survival. Oxfam Australia’s Chee Chee Leung reports.

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With drought and famine weakening Somalia, community care improves childrens’ health

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Launched with a local Somali partner in 2009, Oxfam’s innovative community care program to address malnutrition in Mogadishu has reached 136,000 children. This is the story of one of these children, Mohamed, who recovered from severe illness and malnutrition.

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A photo story from Turkana

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Five years without decent rain has left the northern Kenyan region of Turkana parched and in desperate need of aid. These photos, by Intermón Oxfam’s Irina Fuhrmann, paint a stark picture.

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Rankin in Kenya

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In this video, recorded when he was in drought-stricken Turkana to take photos for Oxfam, photographer Rankin tells how moved he was by the strength and courage of the people he met there.

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Cash-for-work in Kenya: Building latrines at Dadaab camp

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Our cash-for-work program in Dadaab is not only helping refugees earn vital income, but is also giving them a sense of purpose and dignity in conditions where it can be difficult to stay positive.

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A mother’s impotence in East Africa

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In this moving piece by Irina Fuhrmann, women from the drought-stricken Kenyan village of Kanukurdio tell of their struggles to survive and keep their children alive.

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Is famine in East Africa linked to climate change?

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The question says it all: what role does climate change have in the current East African drought and famine? While the answer isn’t definitive, certain signs cannot be ignored…

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“Your son is not sick. He just needs to eat”

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Oxfam International’s media officer, Louis Belanger, describes how the announcement of famine in parts of Somalia has affected aid workers in the region, inspiring them to work even harder to bring comfort to people like Abdi and Nuriya.

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Video diary from Dadaab

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Anna Ridout from Oxfam reports from Dadaab refugee complex in northern Kenya for CNN, taking us behind the scenes and showing us what life is really like in the camps.

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“A perfect storm” in Somalia: Mary Robinson in East Africa

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Oxfam Global Ambassador Mary Robinson recently returned to Somalia, almost 20 years after her first trip to the country. In a fascinating interview with the ABC, she shares her thoughts and impressions of the East Africa crisis.

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Famine in Somalia: what does it mean?

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Famine in East Africa: what does it mean, exactly? When does a food crisis become a famine, and what are the factors behind it? What can be done about it? With the UN declaring famine in parts of Somalia, we thought it was time for some explanations.

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“A better life will come”: bringing water to Hindeysa, Ethiopia

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Ethiopia is one of the countries hardest hit by the drought currently affecting East Africa. But for a small village in Somali region, the construction of a borehole has brought not only water but a sense of optimism too.

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Oxfam Ambassador Kristin Davis visits drought-stricken East Africa

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Actress and Oxfam Ambassador Kristin Davis, best known for her role as Charlotte in Sex and the City, visits the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya with Oxfam, to see the devastating impact of the drought.

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Speed is crucial, as Somalia faces biggest crisis in over a decade

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More than one third of Somalia’s population are in need of humanitarian assistance, thanks to drought and ongoing conflict. Many of them are making the long, difficult trip to Kenya in search of a better future.

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Drought and rising prices leave Somaliland families struggling for food

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The worst drought in 60 years and rising food prices mean that families in Somaliland are struggling to find enough to eat and drink. These are some of their stories.

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