Natasha Stott Despoja with Awa in one of her fields. Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

Making a difference in Burkina Faso

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In a video blog she recorded while in Burkina Faso for Oxfam recently, former Democrats leader Natasha Stott Despoja describes her visit to Koutoula Yarce village, where she saw a cash-for-work program in action and met an amazing woman called Awa.

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Fara, a widowed mother of nine, who Louise met in Niamey. Photo: Louise Mooney/OxfamAUS

Rain and hope in Niger

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On her second day in Niger, Oxfam’s Louise Mooney wakes up to much-needed rain, and meets one of Oxfam’s beneficiaries, widowed mother-of-nine Fara, who tells her, “May God help the people of Australia for helping us”.

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Kadija Hamsoou and her son Haruna, collecting household items in Niamey, Niger. Photo: Louise Mooney/OxfamAUS

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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Photo: Holly Pickett/Oxfam

West Africa food crisis: a powerful bond

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Oxfam America’s Elizabeth Stevens and Holly Pickett noticed a powerful force at work in this emergency when they were in Senegal recently: the bond between mothers and children.

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Andrew and Natasha meet some women who have benefited from Oxfam's cash-for-work program. Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

Reflections from Burkina Faso

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Oxfam Australia’s ED Andrew Hewett reflects on his experiences in Burkina Faso: the scenes he’ll never forget, the people he met, and their need for our solidarity during these extremely trying times.

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Andrew Hewett and Natasha Stott Despoja meets residents of Mentao Refugee camp. Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

On the ground in West Africa

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Oxfam’s Andrew Hewett and former Democrats leader Natasha Stott Despoja are currently visiting Burkina Faso, one of the West African countries experiencing terrible food shortages. On their first day, they visited Mentao refugee camp.

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Muntu Valdo, musician, Cameroon. Photo: Charlotte Wales/Oxfam

“We are all African”

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Some of African most talented musicians, actors and writers have joined forces in support of West Africa, writing a public letter urging world leaders to support the region with emergency aid and long-term investment.

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Photo: Harry Borden/Oxfam

A long way from Hogwarts: Bonnie Wright in West Africa

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Better known as Ginny Weasley from the Harry Potter films, actress Bonnie Wright is also an Oxfam Ambassador. And it was in this role that she visited Senegal recently, to find out more about how the food crisis is affecting vulnerable communities.

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Damon Albarn and Afel Bocoum perform together in Bamako. Photo: Simon Phipps/Oxfam

Damon Albarn unplugged in Mali for Oxfam

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Blur and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn has joined forces with Malian musician Afel Bofoum and Oxfam to raise awareness of the West Africa food crisis via the universal medium of music.

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Video dispatch from Niger

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Oxfam’s Chee Chee Leung files her second video update from West Africa – this time from Niamey, Niger.

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Photo: Richard Simpson/OxfamAUS

On the road in Niger part 2: wrestling with cash

In their second blog post from Niger, Richard and Eveline discover a nation obsessed with wrestling, meet some locals who are benefitting from Oxfam’s cash distribution program – and do a bit of giraffe-spotting!

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Dispatch from Dakar: our woman in West Africa

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Oxfam Australia’s media coordinator for international projects and emergencies, Chee Chee Leung, has just landed in West Africa, and has filed her first dispatch from the field – Dakar, Senegal, to be precise.

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Food storage structures spotted during the road trip. Photo: Richard Simpson/OxfamAUS

On the road in Niger

Oxfam Australia’s Richard Simpson visited Niger recently, where he was struck by the innate resilience of the people in the face of the harsh food crisis they’re enduring at the moment.

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Photo: Andy Hall/Oxfam

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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Fatimata Sawadogo working in the gold fields. Photo: Andy Hall/Oxfam

Digging for gold — and survival — in Burkina Faso

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In desperation, hungry families in Burkina Faso are increasingly resorting to digging for gold. What they find with their rudimentary tools usually allows them to buy a dish of millet per day. It’s back-breaking work, as 40-year-old mother of five Fatimata describes.

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Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

Introducing our new Global Ambassador, Baaba Maal

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We’re thrilled to announce our latest Oxfam Ambassador, Baaba Maal. The singer, who was recently in Australia for WOMADelaide, is urging the world to respond to the food crisis in West and Central Africa before it’s too late.

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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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Photo: Irina Fuhrmann/Oxfam

Hunger calls in Africa’s Sahel region

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Late and irregular rainfall, followed by plagues of birds, locusts and other pests have decimated the harvests of poor farmers and made pasture scarce for herders. Cereal production in the five countries of the region is down by a quarter from last year and is well below the five-year average.

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