Craftwork: a tale of tassels, quilts, jewels and peace in Pakistan

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Two years after devastating floods caused widespread damage across Pakistan, we bring you this good-news story a tiny village finding its way back from disaster.

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Boxer Amir Khan and Oxfam help build schools in Pakistan

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It’s not often you hear about champion boxers raising money for the needy, but that’s exactly what British-Pakistani light-welterweight Amir Khan has done for flood-affected communities in Pakistan. In partnership with Oxfam, he’s helped build five schools in areas that lost theirs in the 2010 floods.

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Pakistan floods: four days old and the roof caves in

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Oxfam Media Officer Tariq Malik traveled to Pakistan, where heavy rains continue to flood the south, and met a woman who had to evacuate her home only four days after giving birth. This is her story.

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Pakistan floods: eight months on, survivors speak up

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Pakistan flood survivors share their hopes and needs in a poll conducted by Oxfam eight months after the country was hit by the worst floods in living memory.

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Pakistan floods – aftermath of the slow tsunami

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Alex Renton from The Times returns to the scene of ‘the slow tsunami’ to discover the terrible aftermath of the Pakistan floods.

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Pakistan 6 months on: The knitters of Aman Kot

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Besides rural villages the floods devastated the lives and livelihoods of people living in urban areas like Aman Kot near Mingora, Swat. Here Oxfam together with local partner Lasoona are the only non-governmental organisations working with people who have lost everything.

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Pakistan flood crisis far from over

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Oxfam spokesman in Pakistan, Amil Khan spoke recently with Santilla Chingaipe from SBS, warning that the crisis in flood-affected Pakistan is far from over. In a new report, Oxfam says the situation could deteriorate if more aid is not provided, and that despite a massive aid effort, tens of thousands of people are still in […]

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Pakistan floods: Zarina and Janat

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In Dadu in Pakistan, Oxfam and local partners are providing water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, to thousands of people living in camps following the devastating floods. We talk to Zarina and Janat about their experiences in a camp.

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Pakistan floods: returning home

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Whilst many people remain in camps others, as the floodwater recedes, are going home. In a village in Khaipur a group of women reveal what helped them return home.

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Oxfam prepares for winter in Pakistan

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Oxfam is distributing thousands of winter kits to some of the worst flood-affected communities in Upper Swat, Pakistan. Thanks to your support, families can survive the long, cold winter.

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After Pakistans floods, new worries about debt and land rights

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Sindh was the region worst-affected by the Pakistan floods; and in many areas flood waters still remain stubbornly high, refusing to drain away. Now as people look to return home, new disputes could arise over land as many boundaries, previously marked by irrigation channels, have been washed away and ownership records destroyed.

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Rebirth among the flood ruins

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The road heading towards Qaimjatoi, in Dadu district in Pakistan’s southern Sindh looked like it was literally disappearing into the river. A week ago, it was impassable; now, it was still surrounded by flooded rice fields, but most of the road had, at last, re-emerged from the waters.

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3things on toughness, treehugging and t-shirts

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This week on Oxfam’s 3things we marvelled at the resilience of our fellow young people doing it tough in Pakistan.

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Pakistan floods: Your donations at work

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Oxfam staff member Jane Beesley reports from the field about our hygeine kit program in Pakistan, and why one of the first things we distribute in an emergency is the simple, incredibly effective bar of soap.

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Pakistan floods: Shazed and Zeenat

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It’s been more than two months since the onset of flooding in Pakistan, and the world is still only beginning to grasp the scale of this disaster. Numbers, maps, comparisons to the geographical area of various familiar places – all of these things have helped us to understand the enormity of the crisis. But sometimes the big picture isn’t enough. Sometimes, when the losses are so great and the need is so urgent, the most powerful picture is a very small one. Here are two.

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Pakistan floods: Unbearable loss, unexpected hospitality

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Oxfam staff member Jane Beesley is currently traveling throughout Pakistan, surveying the extent of the flood’s damage and assessing the impact of Oxfam’s emergency response. In this blog post — the first of a series — Jane visits Shikarpur District in the southern Sindh Province.

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Pakistan flood aid dwindles

SBS podcast with Oxfam representative in Pakistan, Rebecca Barber, who says many are now under threat from diseases including malaria, dengue fever and acute diarrhoea. She told James Nunez there has been a sharp drop in donations for the recovery effort, and that much more international aid is needed.

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Pakistan floods: Children of the floods

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Oxfam staff member Mubashar Hasan recently spent two weeks in Pakistan doing emergency field work. Shortly before leaving he visited a temporary camp in Nowshera district — a camp that many Pakistani children now call home. This is the account of his visit.

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Pakistan floods: Surviving against the odds

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Last week world champion boxer Amir Khan visited Pakistan with Oxfam, and saw first-hand what life is like for people who have lost everything in the floods.

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Pakistan floods: Freeze debt, increase aid

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At a UN conference in Melbourne this week, Oxfam together with World Vision and Fred Hollows Foundation called for the freezing of Pakistan’s debt – and an increase in aid from the international community to help the flood-stricken nation.

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Pakistan floods: The human cost

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Oxfam’s humanitarian advocacy officer in Islamabad, Rebecca Barber, writes in the Age about the unfathomable human suffering caused by the Pakistan floods, and the desperate need from the international community for more aid.

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Pakistan floods: An emotional journey

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Shikarpur district in Sindh province of Pakistan was hit by unexpected flooding. People are still shocked and helpless, and according to official figures around 300,000 people are displaced in the district. Oxfam is there to assess the situation and launch a rapid response. Madiha Shafi, Oxfam’s program officer in Pakistan wrote this emotional piece about her visit to Shikarpur.

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Pakistan floods: "This is unique in my nation’s history"

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Qasim Berech, 30, is a public health expert with Oxfam in Pakistan. He travelled to Upper Swat on 16 August. This is his account of the journey.

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Pakistan floods: An aid worker’s diary Day 6

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Day 6 of Zulfiquar Ali Haider’s diary from Pakistan. A public health engineer for Oxfam, he is in Swat – one of the worst-hit areas from the floods. This is his eyewitness account.

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