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Whether donating, fundraising, campaigning, volunteering, or working 'on the ground' to implement project activities, Oxfam donors, supporters, staff, project partners, and participants are working together to overcome poverty and injustice.
Earthquake in Gujarat, India, in January. DEC Appeal launched in response raise £24 million and for thousands affected.
Also in January/February, two major earthquakes in El Salvador. Oxfam helped more than 170,000 people in El Salvador to cope with the aftermath of the earthquakes and is now working on a rehabilitation programme.
Oxfam's Cut the Cost campaign was launched in February, aiming for affordable medicines to be made available to thousands living in poverty around the world, and highlighting the scandal of drug companies profiting at the expense of poor people.
David Bryer left in May after nine years as Director of Oxfam. He was replaced by Barbara Stocking CBE.
On 11 September 2001 the world watched in horror and disbelief as two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Centre in New York, killing 2749 people. The resulting 'war on terrorism' had far-reaching consequences for the people of Afghanistan and for Oxfam's work. Long before the US bombs began to fall, millions of people in Afghanistan faced a winter of severe food shortages, caused by three years of successively worsening drought, coupled with 20 years of war. In the days and weeks following 11 September, fear both of starvation and of military action drove more than a million people from their homes, desperately in search of food and safety. Oxfam GB called for the resumption of food aid into Afghanistan, which had stopped with the threat of military action, and for clarity from world leaders that civilians won't be targeted in any military action. By the end of September, Oxfam had distributed 1,500 tonnes of wheat grain and was able to continue supplying urgent food aid through local staff and partner organisations in the country. An Oxfam appeal raised £1.5 million for emergency and rehabilitation work. Despite the dangers, Oxfam staff worked throughout the crisis, highlighting the plight of ordinary people.
In October 2001, after 18 months of persistent campaigning by Oxfam and others, the UK asylum voucher scheme was finally scrapped. (In June 2002, Oxfam's Asylum Voucher Campaign won a prestigious One World Media Award for Best Campaign).
Mount Nyiragongo in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) erupted on in January, engulfing much of the city of Goma, and causing widespread destruction in neighbouring villages. DEC appeal launched raises £5 million. Oxfam responded with the provision of clean water supplies, clothing, and bedding for the thousands who lost their homes and belongings.
April 2002: Oxfam's Make Trade Fair campaign launched to capture the growing mood of public indignation at trade injustice, and to give people an opportunity to do something constructive about it. Make Trade Fair aims to lift millions out of poverty by calling for changes to trade rules that are rigged by powerful multinational companies and rich countries in their favour.
July 2002: A DEC appeal was launched in response to the food crisis in southern Africa.
July 2002: Oxfam GB's 60th anniversary.
Oxfam, along with Amnesty and the International Action Network on Small Arms, launches a global campaign called Control Arms. The campaign aims to reduce arms proliferation and misuse and to convince governments to introduce a binding arms trade treaty.
Oxfam flies out aid to Iran in response to the Boxing Day earthquake in Bam which killed more than 40,000 people.
The magnitude of the disaster that engulfed coastal regions bordering the Indian Ocean following the tsunami on 26 December 2004 demanded a response of a scale and complexity of staggering proportions; a response made possible by the extraordinary generosity of supporters and the general public, who donated US$278 million to Oxfam's global Tsunami Fund. Since the disaster, Oxfam has helped 1.8 million people in seven countries rebuild their lives.
In 2005, Oxfam played a key part in Make Poverty History, a massive push to tackle world poverty. Tens of millions of people around the world demanded that their leaders act to deliver trade justice, more and better aid and to drop the debt.
On 8 October, a massive earthquake devastated Kashmir, Pakistan and northern India, claiming at least 73,000 lives and leaving more than 3 million people homeless. A DEC appeal raised £60 million. Oxfam provided water, sanitation and emergency shelter to over one million people in the wake of the disaster and is now helping up to 280,000 survivors rebuild their lives and livelihoods.