Refugee Crisis Appeal

Refugee Crisis Appeal

Thousands have risked their lives in unsafe boats in a desperate bid to reach safer shores. Thousands more have already died.

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The men, women and children who have fled conflict in Syria and beyond are in desperate need of shelter, food, water and medical care. Oxfam is there.


We are already at work in Italy, providing life-saving support to those who have been saved from the waters of the Mediterranean. And we’re continuing our work in Syria and surrounding areas where 7.6 million people are displaced within Syria, and over 4 million have fled to neighbouring countries.

Please give what you can today.



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Samira's story
Samira's story

Samira is living with 12 other members of her family in a one room shelter. Half of the wall is made from cardboard and plastic sheeting. There is hardly any heating and the floor is wet.

“I cannot get any sort of sleep at night. I just can’t stop thinking about how to feed my children and how to protect them.

Sometimes I try to sell things that I have in order to get some money for food for the children.”

Samira decided to come to Lebanon because of the fighting in Syria. Despite trying to live a peaceful life, the shelling and shooting was happening right outside her home.

“It has been eight months since I left my home, I have no idea what happened to it - we just had to leave it behind to escape because of the fighting.

At first I was very reluctant to move to Lebanon, I changed my mind a lot but finally I decided to come here.

We couldn’t get any food anymore, we couldn’t live our lives, we lost our jobs and we worried that we couldn’t stay alive.”

What we're doing

In Europe, saving lives is our first priority and we are at work in Italy providing life-saving support and supplies to refugees who have been saved from the Mediterranean there. We are also calling on world leaders to secure an immediate and lasting political solution to the conflict, and on Europe to develop a humane policy which guarantees the safety of those forced to risk their lives in the Mediterranean.

Oxfam Italy has been working with migrants, asylum seekers and refugees since 1998. From 2011, when the Italian government declared a state of emergency due to the massive influx of people coming to the Italian shores, Oxfam Italy’s assistance has focused on:

• Housing; Provision of food, clothes, shoes, personal hygiene kits; Legal assistance and registration; Access to health and social services; Psychological support; Language and vocational training; and Leisure activities and voluntary work.

Currently Oxfam Italy works in two regions: Tuscany where 450 asylum seekers have been supported and Sicily where plans for assisting 1,700 (700 of which children) are under way.

In 2014, Oxfam reached nearly half a million refugees in Jordan and Lebanon with clean drinking water or cash and relief supplies, such as blankets and stoves in winter and vouchers for hygiene supplies in summer. Our emergency care is focused on four key areas.



Inside Syria Oxfam is providing clean water to at least one million people through water trucking, and repairing wells and water infrastructure. In Lebanon, Oxfam has installed or repaired toilets in communities hosting refugees, and we’re developing piped water schemes for host communities in the Bekaa Valley. In Jordan, we're providing water and sanitation to nearly 25,000 people in Zaatari camp, and we have already built toilets, showers and laundry areas to help those at risk.


We've helped larger numbers of refugees to prepare for the cold winter months in Lebanon. This involves giving people warm clothes, mattresses, blankets, heaters, rugs, kitchen utensils, hygiene kits and plastic sheets for weather proofing.


We are distributing blankets and $73 dollars worth of vouchers for food and hygiene kits to families to spend as they choose in supermarkets. Supplying cash usually proves to be a more efficient means of getting much needed supplies to the people who need it most. People also find it helps them to maintain their dignity.


Many families in the refugee camps are exhausted and traumatised. They’ve faced bombs and bullets and have had their homes destroyed. Rape is a real feature of the war in Syria, and is cited by many refugees as the reason for fleeing. Our local partners are supplying psycho-social support and counselling. We are also helping families get the information they need about their rights and connecting them to medical, legal and support services.
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From our blog


“Not in my name…”

Dr. Enida Friel

Ireland can and must help. Irish people, the people who are donating to Oxfam Ireland and signing our petition, want to see an end to this unnecessary and yet preventable human suffering. They don’t want what’s happening now – in the Mediterranean shores, across Europe, in Syria or beyond. This is not in their name. This is not in my name.


The land of the invisible: 51 million people fleeing conflict

There are now more than 51 million refugees and people displaced by conflict and violence across the world. This is a record-breaking figure, which surpasses even that of the Second World War.


Helping refugees stay warm this winter

Right now, staying warm is essential in in Ireland where we are feeling the grips of January frost and where sub-freezing temperatures are becoming normal. It’s also essential in Lebanon, where nearly one million refugees from the conflict in Syria are facing cold temperatures, rain and even snowstorms.