“Many women have become more respected leaders as a result of their work on disasters,” said Doris Escobar, my guide on a recent trip to El Salvador. As we made our way from a flood-affected village in the western department of Ahuachapán to another across the country in San Miguel, Doris told me the story […]
With strong local partners and a warehouse stocked with emergency materials, Oxfam has been able to respond swiftly to a massive flooding disaster in El Salvador.
In Pakistan's Swat Valley, Oxfam's winter survival kits help vulnerable families stay warm--and give displaced flood survivors an opportunity to earn an income.
Right now, our team has two different jobs to do: To help people who are displaced and won’t be able to return home quickly; and to help those returning to destroyed homes and livelihoods, like these rice fields.
“I would like to return to my village but we don’t have the money to travel, and the water is still there…we can’t go back there…but I want to return when the water has gone. I want to rebuild our home because it was destroyed, and restart our livelihood.”
While international funding for the crisis has stalled in recent weeks, the number of people displaced by the floods continues to rise each day. Oxfam and our partners have launched a rapid-relief effort to reach more than one million people with essential aid.
Comparisons might help us picture the immensity of what's happening in Pakistan. But what they can't convey is the suffering that people are going through.
When you're talking about millions of people, it's easy to think in abstractions. But each person affected by the recent floods in Pakistan has his or her own story to tell.
Though it might seem a little counter-intuitive to talk about water shortages during a flood, it's clean water that is the issue: People who can't access safe drinking water face a serious risk of deadly water-borne diseases.