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Refugee crisis

Every three seconds, someone flees their home because of violence, poverty or disaster. 

Millions of people have been forced to run for their lives, putting their families' safety on the line.

You can help give life-saving support to refugees around the world.

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Sam Tarling

A child from Bekaa Valley, where Oxfam is helping families who have fled Syria's conflict.

The situation

In Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, we're providing life-saving clean water, sanitation and vital support for families who have lost everything.

We're helping people arriving in Greece, Italy, Serbia and Macedonia by providing water, food, clothes and personal hygiene kits, as well as longer term psychological and legal support. And around the world, we're making sure that people fleeing conflict have the life-saving essentials they need.

We urgently need to scale up our work with refugees worldwide. We can't do this without your help.

Video: Oxfam's Amy Christian reports back from Za'atari camp in Jordan

In Lebanon

Oxfam has reached more than 250,000 vulnerable people in Lebanon. We have:

  • Provided 3,200 hygiene kits, along with lessons on good hygiene, and toilet cleaning kits
  • Built or repaired over 1,100 toilets, ensuring that each is shared by no more than 20 people.
  • Delivered 10 million litres of water through water trucking - meaning people can get clean water for drinking, cooking and washing.
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Syrian children living in a settlement for refugees in Lebanon. Oxfam has reached more than 250,000 vulnerable people there.

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In Jordan

We work in Za'atari refugee camp, where about 80,000 Syrian refugees are housed, and in Jordanian communities where Syrian refugees are hosted. Oxfam currently helps provide water to Za'atari's 12 districts, constructs toilets, and manages waste and the cleaning and maintenance of wash blocks. We also help teach good hygiene in the camp. We have: 

  • Constructed more than 300 septic tanks for better waste management
  • Installed 75 private toilets for vulnerable families 
  • Built a water tank at the Syrian border to give 45,000 people there access to water.
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A girl collects water in Jordan's Za'atari camp. Every day Oxfam provides 35 litres of water for each person in the camp.

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In Syria

Since 2013 Oxfam has helped ensure 2.8 million people have access to clean, safe water, by:

  • Making sure the local water systems run
  • Installing water tanks in schools and teaching the children good hygiene
  • Improving sewage systems.

In Damascus, Oxfam is offering hygiene kits and good hygiene lessons to reduce the risk of disease.

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In Italy

Oxfam is working with partners to support people arriving in Italy from more than 15 countries. People who need our support include women and children who've made the journey alone.

We help provide:

  • Accommodation and living essentials (clothes, shoes and food)
  • Legal and administrative support for people to submit asylum claims and access health and social services
  • Language classes, vocational training, voluntary work, and social activities to help people develop relationships in their new communities.
Michele Borzoni / Oxfam

More than 500 people land at the military port of Lampedusa, Italy.

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In Serbia and Macedonia

In Serbia and Macedonia Oxfam has provided: 

  • More than 17,000 people with jackets, shoes, wool hats and gloves for the winter
  • More than 9,000 hygiene kits to help protect people from disease
  • Counselling for nearly 7,800 people. 35,700 people have received psychological support or information about their rights.
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A distribution point for clothing and hygiene kits in Serbia.

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In Greece

On the island of Lesbos, Oxfam is supporting people who have fled violence and persecution.  We've provided:

  • More than 100,000 hot meals in Lesbos in early 2016
  • More than 61,000 items such as shoes, jackets, hats and socks to keep people warm 
  • Water and toilets to four camps in mainland Greece, where there are more than 50,000 refugees.
Pablo Tosco / Oxfam

Every day boats from Turkey arrive at Lesbos, carrying about 50 people fleeing war or poverty.

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