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Oxfam: Syrian refugees let down by world leaders

Oxfam has said it is "appalled" that the number of Syrian refugees has reached two million, adding that the humanitarian response is "stretched to the limit".

Enough is enough. A generation of Syrians is paying too high a price in this conflict. They have been seriously let down by the international community, which has failed to prioritise a political solution to the conflict.

That must change. World leaders - especially President Obama and President Putin - must ensure the long-promised peace talks take place as soon as possible.

– Claire Seaward, Syria Response Campaign Manager, oxfam

Oxfam fears rise in foodbank use is 'tip of the iceberg'

Oxfam's Director of UK Poverty, Chris Johnes, has warned that welfare reforms could tip even more people into food poverty:

These shocking figures show that a perfect storm of spiralling living costs, lack of decent, secure jobs and benefit changes are making it impossible for many people to feed themselves or their families.

It's clear there is a massive hole in the safety net when so many more people are being forced to rely on emergency food handouts.

We are worried this could be just the tip of the iceberg as changes to the welfare system already in the pipeline could rip apart the safety net with devastating consequences for those who rely on it.

– Chris Johnes, oxfam


Oxfam: More than 600,000 people have left Syria

Oxfam says that some 670,000 people have left Syria since the crisis began in March 2011 but numbers have risen recently. In Jordan alone, the number of people crossing daily trebled in the past week.

The cold weather has seen an increase in the number of those suffering respiratory infections and pneumonia, according to the aid agency, which is distributing mattresses, blankets, heaters and gas oil to help new arrivals.

Oxfam to help Syrian families through 'brutal' winter

Families have arrived exhausted and traumatised. Some have faced bombs and bullets to get here.

Now, they are trying to get through one of the most brutal winters in the last two decades with almost nothing. Most families have to rely on the generosity of relatives and neighbours.

Along with local organisations Oxfam is trying to help thousands of families through this difficult winter period; but we could do so much more if we had more funds.

– Oxfam's Syria crisis response manager Francis Lacasse

People wanting to donate to Oxfam's Syria appeal can donate by calling 0300 200 1999 or by visiting the charity's website.


Oxfam launches £12m appeal to help Syrian refugees

Oxfam is launching a £12 million emergency appeal to help thousands of Syrian refugees. The charity says a growing number of families are in desperate need of assistance during the winter.

A man walks in front of a burning building after a Syrian Air force air strike in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus. Credit: REUTERS/Mohammed Abdullah

It is hoped the appeal could help up to 120,000 people who have fled violence in Syria and crossed the borders into neighbouring countries.

People wanting to donate to Oxfam's Syria appeal can donate by calling 0300 200 1999 or by visiting the charity's website.

Oxfam: 'Wealth for a few leaves many struggling'

Barbara Stocking, Oxfam's chief executive, said a "global new deal" was needed to reverse decades of increasing inequality.

We can no longer pretend that the creation of wealth for a few will inevitably benefit the many - too often the reverse is true.

Concentration of resources in the hands of the top 1% depresses economic activity and makes life harder for everyone else - particularly those at the bottom of the economic ladder.

In a world where even basic resources such as land and water are increasingly scarce, we cannot afford to concentrate assets in the hands of a few and leave the many to struggle over what's left.

– Barbara Stocking, Oxfam's chief executive

World's 100 richest people could 'end extreme poverty'

The world's richest 100 people earned enough last year to end extreme poverty for the planet's poorest people four times over, Oxfam said.

An "explosion in extreme wealth" was hindering efforts to tackle poverty, the charity said in a briefing released ahead of next week's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Oxfam said the net income last year of the 100 richest people was 240 billion US dollars (£150 billion) in its report.

The briefing, called Releasing The Cost Of Inequality: How Wealth And Income Extremes Hurt Us All, noted that people in "extreme poverty" live on less than 1.25 US dollars (78p) per day. The charity called on world leaders to commit to reducing inequality to levels last seen in 1990.

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