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Uncertainty and a great test of resilience

I have worked with Oxfam for the last eight years managing the economic empowerment and resilient livelihood program. During these years, never have I experienced firsthand what it truly means for your...

Lelei is employed and living a decent life in Ruaka, Kiambu County in Kenya, which is only a spitting distance from Nairobi. He woke up with a cough and a high fever. It was clear to him that these were symptoms for COVID-19. He gathered his strength and went to a health facility. He was...

Catherine Nabulon Abulon, Oxfam’s beneficiary from Turkana, Kenya.  Photo by Joy Obuya/Oxfam

15th April 2020 was to be a special day for most African countries. On this day, the World Bank’s Development Committee and the G20 Finance Ministers endorsed the Debt Service Suspension...

As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, countries, including Uganda, have adopted various measures to prevent its spread. The Ugandan Ministry of Health, in line with guidelines from the World Health Organization, has...

Since November 2019, floods and landslides from heavy rains have been affecting Rwanda’s Northern, Western and Southern provinces. As of early May 2020, floods caused 72 fatalities across...

Call centre agents handling calls from the community, centre located in Hargiesa, Somaliland. Photo by Abdiaziz Adani/Oxfam

Somaliland confirmed the first case of coronavirus in April 2020. While the country has taken certain precautions to curb the spread of the virus by closing schools and banning flights, the number is increasing each day, community acceptance is very low, and people are still following their...

Following the gang-rape of an 8-year-old girl in Juba, South Sudan, young women activists took to the streets to protest and to demand justice. They marched (while physically distancing, wearing facial masks and hand gloves) and carried placards and posters with messages and strong quotes...

Millions of people in the Horn, East and Central Africa (HECA) region are at risk of increased hunger and poverty due to the triple threat of floods, locusts and coronavirus. There is an urgent need for increased safety nets, especially cash grants, to help people survive.

The floods and...

La maitrise de la propagation du COVID-19 nécessite un accès adéquat à l’eau, une sensibilisation de la communauté et le respect des mesures de santé publique telles que l’éloignement social. En Ituri, dans l’est de la RDC, il y a eu 2 cas confirmés de COVID-19. Mais l’activisme des groupes...

Le COVID-19 a un impact profond sur les femmes travaillant dans le secteur informel—y compris les travailleurs domestiques, les vendeurs du marché, et propriétaires de petites entreprises. Pour ces femmes, c’est souvent impossible de gagner un revenu sans proximité physique avec leurs clients....

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