Martin Lubajo. Credit: Oxfam

Keeping education alive in South Sudan

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‘Our country had suffered from war and under-development for generations, but we knew education could help us find a better path’. Martin Lubajo shares his journey from refugee in Uganda to teacher and trainer in South Sudan, striving to ensure that children do not miss out on their education even amid the ongoing war and humanitarian crisis. In 2009, I …

Panyjiar Headquarters community drawing water from a borehole. Credit: Bruno Bierrenbach Feder/Oxfam

Why partnerships are vital to our work in South Sudan

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From borehole drilling to peacebuilding Oxfam partners in South Sudan are responding to people’s needs in ways that only local organisations could. Tim Bierley reflects on the strengths of Oxfam’s South Sudan partnerships. There’s risk of a cholera outbreak on islands deep into the Sudd, South Sudan. People are relying on the often-contaminated swamp for their drinking water. New boreholes …

Using geographic information systems in humanitarian response

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Laura Eldon reflects on the potential of geographic information systems to help humanitarians, and introduces case studies from South Sudan and Tanzania. When a conflict or disaster strikes Oxfam responds rapidly to protect and save lives. To do this effectively we need to understand where the greatest needs are, plan and monitor our response activities, and coordinate with other actors …

A bike vendor in Juba, South Sudan. Credit: Jonathan Parkinson

Water tankers and bicycles: a lifeline in South Sudan

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Around 80% of Juba’s population relies on tankers and bicycle vendors for water. But as prices have soared, amid ongoing conflict and instability, water has become unaffordable. Oxfam has set up two initiatives working within the existing market to ensure the poorest can access clean water, as Mariana Matoso explains. Drinking water is a premium commodity in Juba. Since the …

Podcast: Protecting civilians in conflict

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As a result of conflict, the world today is faced with huge challenges in protecting civilians. In Yemen, Syria and South Sudan, infrastructures have been destroyed and thousands of people are forced to flea, or face the risks of disease, famine or harm. NGOs and relief agencies play a large role in the protection of civilians, from on the ground …

Women and children arrive in the small host community in Panyijar county. They walked for 5 or 6 days before getting to their current location. The community is sharing all its food with new arrivals. They survive off fish and water lillies. Credit: Bruno Bierrenbach Feder/Oxfam

South Sudan: though famine has ceased hunger has spread

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As war torn South Sudan reaches its sixth birthday is there any cause for celebration? Tragically not much, as Corrie Sissons explains. Although there is no longer a technical ‘famine,’ more people than ever are going hungry. The recent declaration that famine in South Sudan has been halted was rightly celebrated. However, dig deeper than the headlines and it becomes …

Nigerian men playing cards in Assaga camp for IDPs and refugees, Diffa Region, Niger.

The ladies’ room

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Kerry Akers talks about the careful considerations and interdisciplinary collaboration needed to ensure that protection work is not based on harmful assumptions. umanitarian camps are dark at night. The curfew is sunset and the camp is heaving. Spilling out of their crowded tents onto the streets, people sit around dim cooking stoves talking and waving the mosquitoes away. The streets …