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Tortured Afghan teen on attackers: 'The same should be done to them'updated: Wed May 09 2012 11:59:00

Last year, people around the world were outraged when they heard the story of Sahar Gul.

Tortured Afghan girl tells her storyupdated: Wed May 09 2012 11:59:00

CNN's Nick Paton Walsh talks with a young Afghan girl who was married at age 13 then torturend by her husband's family.

Sudans conflict leaves 37,000 desperate for water, agency says updated: Fri Apr 27 2012 06:13:00

The spiraling conflict between the Sudans has exacerbated issues for tens of thousands of Sudanese refugees who are desperate for water and facing the threat of fatal diseases, an international aid organization says.

Opinion: World must step in to avert South Sudan crisisupdated: Wed Apr 25 2012 11:06:00

The dried up cattle pond is only a few meters off the red road that runs through Jamam refugee camp. It's a huge hole in the ground, long emptied by the blazing sun. At the bottom of this pit women and children dig with cups and bowls in the smelly, spongy mud for the little dirty water that seeps into their shallow wells.

Creating confidence in Haitiupdated: Sun Jan 15 2012 13:30:00

Two years after the earthquake, Anderson Cooper speaks with President Michel Martelly about his plan for recovery.

How women are lifting up Haitiupdated: Sun Jan 15 2012 13:30:00

A few days ago we observed the two-year anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Haiti, killing an estimated 220,000 people, injuring 300,000, and leaving more than 1 million homeless. Since that day, blame for Haiti's acute vulnerability and subsequent slow recovery has been traded among the government, international donors and humanitarian organizations.

Delegates at climate talks agree to extend efforts of Kyoto Protocol updated: Sun Dec 11 2011 08:46:00

An agreement reached Sunday in South Africa will help tackle the challenges of climate change for years to come, the United Nations' chief said.

China shifts carbon emissions positionupdated: Sun Dec 11 2011 08:46:00

China is open to accept a legally binding global agreement to reduce carbon emissions. CNN's Robyn Curnow explains.

Listen to women in a new Afghanistanupdated: Fri Dec 02 2011 06:14:00

As a writer, one of my most important responsibilities is listening. I try to do so with an open mind, so I can hear the voices of the characters whose stories I will tell. When I wrote about Afghan women in my second novel, I thought about the brave women I had met in Kabul and about their stories. Their voices came to me in hushed whispers. At times they woke me in the night with the urgency of what they had to say. I am indebted to those women, because without them, my novels would lack authenticity and would also be far less likely to resonate with readers.

Activist: Afghan women face violenceupdated: Fri Dec 02 2011 06:14:00

CNN talks to Zainab Salbi, founder and CEO of Women for Women Intl., about the lack of women's rights in Afghanistan.

Aid workers moved to safety amid South Sudan violence updated: Sat Nov 12 2011 07:18:00

Oxfam will relocate workers and scale back operations in South Sudan's Upper Nile state following a surge of violence along the border with Sudan, the international aid organization said Saturday.

Kristin Davis: What it means to be self-sufficientupdated: Mon Oct 31 2011 13:35:00

Actress Kristin Davis is an ambassador for Oxfam, an international alliance of 15 organizations striving to find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice. The group works directly with communities in 98 countries.

Kristin Davis helping vulnerable womenupdated: Mon Oct 31 2011 13:35:00

As an ambassador for Oxfam, actress Kristin Davis is committed to finding solutions to poverty and injustice.

Johansson defends privacy after nude photos posted onlineupdated: Thu Sep 29 2011 13:10:00

Speaking out for the first time since nude pictures of her were leaked on the Internet, actress Scarlett Johansson defended the right to privacy, even for high-profile celebrities such as herself.

African Union to hold delayed fundraiser for famine reliefupdated: Thu Aug 25 2011 07:34:00

The African Union plans to host a delayed summit Thursday to raise funds for famine victims amid mounting criticism over the continent's weak response to the disaster.

U.N. declares famine in Somalia; makes urgent appeal to save livesupdated: Thu Jul 21 2011 06:35:00

The United Nations declared a famine Wednesday in parts of southern Somalia and warned that the suffering could rapidly spread without a massive and immediate international response.

Somalian govt: Famine worse than 1993updated: Thu Jul 21 2011 06:35:00

A Somali government spokesman says the current famine is being made worse by Al-Shabab blocking humanitarian aid.

Report: World changes eating habits as food prices soarupdated: Wed Jun 15 2011 07:23:00

People around the world are changing their diets because of soaring food prices, according to a new study.

'Clock is ticking' for refugees fleeing Ivory Coastupdated: Wed Apr 06 2011 12:11:00

Aid organizations are warning of an impending humanitarian crisis for tens of thousands of refugees who have arrived in Liberia after fleeing violence in Ivory Coast.

Nanotech and 'tea bag' to clean up drinking waterupdated: Sun Jan 02 2011 23:03:00

Lack of access to clean water is still a problem for millions of people across the world, but new developments in nanotechnology and a water filter that resembles a humble tea bag could prove to be effective solutions.

Sweet dreams for Annie Lennox in queen's honors listupdated: Fri Dec 31 2010 15:08:00

Singer Annie Lennox was honored by Queen Elizabeth II on Friday for her charity work, receiving an award for her role as an ambassador with Oxfam.

Clinton unveils blueprint for America's diplomatic armupdated: Wed Dec 15 2010 21:38:00

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Wednesday unveiled a sweeping assessment of how America's diplomats can meet the dual task of countering expanding international challenges and shrinking government budgets.

Global climate talks wrap up in Chinaupdated: Sun Oct 10 2010 05:04:00

Representatives from about 200 countries wrapped up a meeting in China on Saturday on climate change and said they had moved closer to defining what could be achieved at a later conference.

Are human actions making natural disasters more destructive?updated: Sun Sep 26 2010 23:58:00

As Pakistan struggles to recover after one of the worst floods in its history, questions are already being asked about how human decisions may have exacerbated the effects of this natural disaster.

U.N.: Niger flooding displaces nearly 200,000updated: Sun Aug 29 2010 23:34:00

Heavy rains in Niger have displaced nearly 200,000 in recent weeks, the United Nations says, calling on donors and aid agencies to send shelter material, blankets and other supplies.

Oxfam calls for end to Gaza blockadeupdated: Mon Jun 14 2010 11:41:00

Oxfam, a U.K.-based international aid agency, is calling on EU officials and the Middle East Quartet to pressure Israel into lifting the blockade of Gaza.

Haiti anxious for partners, survey says, as donors meetupdated: Wed Mar 31 2010 11:06:00

Haitians lack confidence that their government will be able to lead a multibillion-dollar earthquake recovery plan set to be hashed out Wednesday at an international donors' conference at the United Nations.

iReporter goes to Haitiupdated: Wed Mar 31 2010 11:06:00

CNN iReporter Barbara Rademacher spends a week volunteering in Haiti.

U.N. climate chief to stand downupdated: Tue Feb 23 2010 04:15:00

The head of the United Nations climate change convention is leaving his post, a move that comes a few months after the Copenhagen summit.

CNNMoney: Haiti donations exceed $355 millionupdated: Fri Jan 22 2010 12:20:00

Charities, companies, individuals and celebrities across the U.S. have been rallying together in the aftermath of the 7.0-magnitude quake that rocked Haiti last Tuesday, and their efforts are paying off. As of Thursday evening -- nine days after the earthquake struck -- over $355 million in donations had been raised for relief efforts, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, a newspaper covering nonprofit organizations. The estimate is based on a survey of 35 charities contributing the largest amounts of money to Haiti. "You've got a bad economy and a disaster outside of the U.S.," said Stacy Palmer, editor of the Chronicle of Philanthropy. "It makes sense that lots of people gave to the Katrina disaster in the U.S., but to give outside of the U.S. like this is remarkable, especially at a time with 10% unemployment."

CNNMoney: Haiti donations exceed $305 millionupdated: Thu Jan 21 2010 15:25:00

Eight days after the devastating earthquake struck near Haiti's capital, donations for relief efforts are still pouring in -- in excess of $305 million.. Charities, companies, individuals and celebrities across the U.S. have been rallying together in the aftermath of the 7.0-magnitude quake last Tuesday, and their efforts are paying off. As of Wednesday afternoon, over $305 million in donations had been raised, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, a newspaper covering nonprofit organizations. The estimate is based on a survey of 29 charities contributing the largest amounts of money to Haiti. "You've got a bad economy and a disaster outside of the U.S.," said Stacy Palmer, editor of the Chronicle of Philanthropy. "It makes sense that lots of people gave to the Katrina disaster in the U.S., but to give outside of the U.S. like this is remarkable, especially at a time with 10% unemployment."

Tight airspace, poor communications hinder aid effortupdated: Tue Jan 19 2010 11:11:00

Limited runway space and battered telecommunications networks are hindering efforts to get food, water and medical aid into the hands of desperate Haitians amid the devastation of last week's earthquake, relief agencies said Monday.

Desperation in Haitiupdated: Tue Jan 19 2010 11:11:00

Desperation for food and water is growing in Haiti. CNN's Anderson Cooper reports.

CNNMoney: Haiti donations exceed $210 millionupdated: Tue Jan 19 2010 11:05:00

Nearly a week after the devastating earthquake struck near Haiti's capital, donations for relief efforts are still pouring in -- in excess of $210 million.

Time running out for people trapped by quakeupdated: Fri Jan 15 2010 12:32:00

Rescue crews face a pivotal day Friday as they race to help thousands of people feared trapped under rubble in Haiti.

Aid groups rush to Haitiupdated: Wed Jan 13 2010 09:48:00

Aid organizations have deployed emergency response teams to Haiti and appealed for donations after the Caribbean nation was was struck by a devastating earthquake described by local officials as a "catastrophe of major proportions."

Meltdown: Helena Christensen's climate change photosupdated: Mon Dec 14 2009 01:15:00

The former Danish supermodel traveled to Peru earlier this year to record the lives of local people in the Andes. Together with Oxfam she returned to show a selection of her photographs around the world in an exhibition called "Meltdown."

Soros proposes climate fund flow from rich to poorupdated: Thu Dec 10 2009 14:09:00

Billionaire investor George Soros has proposed a way to free up funds to help the developing world adapt to climate change.

Soros' climate planupdated: Thu Dec 10 2009 14:09:00

Investor George Soros tells CNN about a plan he says could free funds to fight climate change in the developing world.

Poor: Leaked climate text shows West imperialismupdated: Wed Dec 09 2009 16:07:00

The rift over a leaked draft climate agreement widened Wednesday with an astonishing attack on the West by one of the poor nations' leading climate negotiators.

Poor nations' fury over leaked climate textupdated: Wed Dec 09 2009 08:52:00

A leaked document known as the "Danish text" has driven an even deeper wedge between rich and poor countries embroiled in U.N. climate talks in Copenhagen.

Obama's Afghan plan: Will it work?updated: Wed Dec 02 2009 13:44:00

Even before President Obama formally announced his plan for Afghanistan, the debate over whether it was the correct strategy was well under way.

Women 'bearing brunt' of climate changeupdated: Sun Nov 22 2009 04:47:00

On the steep, dusty slopes of the Chacaltaya mountains, thousands of meters above sea level in the Bolivian Andes, the hardy farmers tending root crops or herding llamas have no need of scientists or climatologists to measure the impact of global warming.

U.N.: 11.6 million Africans made homeless by conflictupdated: Fri Oct 16 2009 13:40:00

About 11.6 million Africans have been forced from their homes by wars and other conflicts, according to the United Nations. Next week in Uganda, leaders from across the continent will converge to tackle the issue.

Kenya reform stalledupdated: Fri Oct 16 2009 13:40:00

Kofi Annan flew into Kenya for three days of whirlwind meetings. CNN's David McKenzie explains why he had to come.

People.com: Scarlett Johansson Extends Invite to Iron Man 2 Premiereupdated: Wed Sep 16 2009 13:48:00

The star is auctioning off a trip and tickets to the opening for a very good cause

Scarlett Johansson extends invite to 'Iron Man 2' premiereupdated: Wed Sep 16 2009 12:17:00

Next spring's "Iron Man 2" premiere will be memorable not only for the stars of the film, but also for two lucky fans -- thanks to cast member and Oxfam Ambassador Scarlett Johansson.

Disease fears in West Africa after heavy floodingupdated: Fri Sep 11 2009 07:35:00

After weeks of torrential rain and flooding in West Africa, humanitarian aid agencies on the ground fear an outbreak of diseases like malaria and cholera.

Somali refugee conditions 'appalling'updated: Fri Sep 04 2009 01:46:00

Somalis forced to flee war and drought are living in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions at home and in neighboring countries, including in Kenya and Ethiopia, an aid agency said Thursday.

Environmentalists hope UN talks tough on climate changeupdated: Mon Aug 17 2009 00:22:00

You're probably not thinking about what you would like for Christmas yet. But ask any environmentalist for their ideal gift and you'll get a version of this answer: a binding agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen this December that is strong enough to match the science.

Climate change report: 'Seasons have changed'updated: Sun Jul 05 2009 20:15:00

They may live on separate continents, in different countries with differing cultures, but the same message is being echoed by the world's poor, according to a new report by aid agency Oxfam.

Lean, green businessesupdated: Sun Jul 05 2009 20:15:00

CNN's Eunice Yoon looks at innovative ideas by eco-friendly businesses.

Homeless, in debt: Myanmar cyclone survivors struggleupdated: Fri May 01 2009 23:06:00

Debt problems and lack of credit. A housing crisis and a funding shortfall. These are not the problems of the Western world in the face of the global economic downturn, but some of the lingering challenges in Myanmar one year after devastating Cyclone Nargis hit the country, aid groups said.

One year after cyclone hit Myanmarupdated: Fri May 01 2009 23:06:00

The World Food Program says Myanmar still needs aid one year after a devastating cyclone tore through the country.

Aid groups: Humanitarian crisis leads to piracyupdated: Thu Apr 23 2009 09:10:00

Recent headlines focusing on the rash of pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia should instead focus on the humanitarian crisis driving Somalis to commit crimes on the high seas, an international aid group said Thursday.

Study: Iraqi widows struggle in new roles as breadwinnersupdated: Sat Mar 07 2009 20:20:00

While violence decreases across Iraq, women in the war-ravaged country face worsening hardships as warfare has thrust them into the role of family breadwinners, an aid group's survey said.

Sudan orders aid agency expulsionsupdated: Wed Mar 04 2009 19:54:00

Sudan ordered a number of international aid agencies to leave the country Wednesday after an arrest warrant was issued for the country's president, a United Nations source in the capital city of Khartoum said.

Emily Eavis Q&Aupdated: Thu Jan 22 2009 04:43:00

CNN interviewed Emily Eavis three weeks before the Glastonbury festival opened its doors to the public. Here she tells CNN what she gets up to in the run up to the event. She also explains her late mother's influence on proceedings and how charities benefit from the Glastonbury festival.

Michael Eavis: Glastonbury Godupdated: Thu Jan 22 2009 04:41:00

Now in its 37th year, the Glastonbury festival has built a reputation as the mother of all music festivals, with the biggest names in rock music gladly accepting invitations to play the Pyramid stage year after year. Yet for all their combined wealth and fame, it is festival's organizer who remains the true star of Glastonbury.

Making poverty historyupdated: Tue Jan 06 2009 06:33:00

Oxfam's new book "From Poverty to Power: How Active Citizens and Effective States Can Change the World" is a detailed and vivid account of poverty, its effects and how it can be eradicated. Principal Voices spoke to the book's author and Head of Research at Oxfam GB, Duncan Green about the charity's prescription for change.

Improvements seen four years after the Indian Ocean tsunamiupdated: Thu Dec 25 2008 23:42:00

Four years since a 9.0-magnitude earthquake spawned massive walls of water that swept across the Indian Ocean, leaving more than 230,000 dead according to a United Nations estimate, improvements can be seen in many of the devastated areas, humanitarian groups said.

Fashion photographer focuses on warupdated: Fri Nov 07 2008 14:25:00

Fashion photographer Rankin took time out from his career to take powerful pictures of people from Congo.

Fashion photographer sees warupdated: Fri Nov 07 2008 14:25:00

Fashion photographer Rankin takes time to make powerful pictures of people from Congo. CNN's Nic Robertson reports.

Time.com: Can Bill Gates Help Africa Feed Itself?updated: Thu Sep 25 2008 18:00:00

A new program backed by one of the richest men in the world promises to shake up food aid

Time.com: Oxfam Shops Head Upmarketupdated: Mon Jul 21 2008 08:00:00

The British charity figures it can make more profit selling the nearly new to the already fashionable

Girl divorced at 10updated: Wed Jul 16 2008 13:12:00

Raped and beaten, Nujood Ali, a child bride, fights for divorce. CNN's Paula Newton reports.

Child bride gets divorced after rape, beatingsupdated: Wed Jul 16 2008 13:12:00

Nujood Ali is 10 years old, but she already has been married and divorced. It was an arranged marriage in which she said a husband three times her age routinely beat and raped her.

Abuse by those sent to helpupdated: Tue May 27 2008 17:35:00

CNN's Paula Hancocks takes a look at how aid agencies are working to limit abuse in conflict zones.

Charity: Aid workers raping, abusing children updated: Tue May 27 2008 17:35:00

Humanitarian aid workers and United Nation peacekeepers are sexually abusing small children in several war-ravaged and food-poor countries, a leading European charity has said.

All about: Rural communitiesupdated: Mon Mar 31 2008 03:34:00

It is said that nowhere else on earth will the impacts of climate change be felt more acutely than in the developing world.

Indian village recyclesupdated: Mon Mar 31 2008 03:34:00

A village in India is taking on the country's plastic crisis, one bag at a time. CNN's Sara Sidner reports.

People.com: Bidder Wins $40,000 Date with Scarlett Johanssonupdated: Fri Mar 14 2008 12:06:00

The red carpet rendezvous will raise cash for Oxfam America

People.com: Win a Date With Scarlett Johanssonupdated: Mon Mar 03 2008 15:24:00

The actress is auctioning off a chance to be her guest at a star-studded movie premiere

Rich, poor and climate changeupdated: Mon Feb 18 2008 00:17:00

The general dialogue on adapting to a world affected by climate change by definition excludes the world's poorest people. And yet it's the world's poorest who are often put forward as the ones who are likely to feel the affects of climate change the most and are likely to be able to deal with them the least.

Afghanistan suffers worst winter in 30 yearsupdated: Mon Feb 11 2008 08:48:00

Aid workers have launched emergency responses to help people in rugged and poverty-stricken central and western Afghanistan, enduring what the United Nations is describing as "the harshest winter in nearly 30 years."

CNNMoney: Spending big to save the planetupdated: Thu Nov 29 2007 10:47:00

This year, why not put an endangered turtle under the tree?

8 million Iraqis 'need urgent aid'updated: Mon Nov 05 2007 17:20:00

About eight million Iraqis -- nearly a third of the population -- are without water, sanitation, food and shelter and need emergency aid, a report by two major relief agencies says.

Time.com: Zoellick Named World Bank Presidentupdated: Mon Jun 25 2007 17:20:00

Robert Zoellick, a seasoned player in international financial and diplomatic circles, won the unanimous approval of the World Bank's board on Monday to become the poverty-fighting institution's next president

The day in numbers: 2 billionupdated: Fri Oct 27 2006 04:58:00

2 billion: Cups of coffee drunk every day worldwide.

Money Magazine: What Was Your Last Donation?updated: Tue Aug 01 2006 00:01:00

"After the tsunami, our office put together a gift and mailed it to Oxfam." --Rinad Beidas, Philadelphia

Mideast crisis aid groupsupdated: Wed Jul 19 2006 09:38:00

The following are links to aid group Web sites who are assisting civilians in the Mideast crisis (some sites may respond slowly due to increased traffic):

Reporter's diary: Peaceful ralliesupdated: Tue Dec 13 2005 22:03:00

"High Risk," my security advisory report ominously glared in bold type, as I read the estimated dangers for the anti-WTO public rally Tuesday in Hong Kong.

Quake copters may be groundedupdated: Thu Oct 27 2005 22:25:00

Helicopters ferrying supplies to Pakistan's quake survivors in the Himalayas may have to be grounded if donors don't get more relief aid, a U.N. official has warned.

Winter threat to quake survivorsupdated: Wed Oct 26 2005 20:43:00

The death toll in Pakistan from the October 8 earthquake has risen to 54,197, while the number of injured has increased to about 78,000, most of them with multiple fractures, the Federal Relief Commission told CNN Wednesday.

Rich nations 'failed' on quake aidupdated: Wed Oct 26 2005 03:52:00

Many rich countries have failed to give enough to the U.N. appeal to help the victims of the earthquake which devastated Pakistan earlier this month, according to Oxfam.

Aid groups working to ease Niger crisisupdated: Fri Jul 29 2005 06:36:00

Urgent appeals have been made for help for famine-stricken Niger where more than one million people are at risk from starvation after a locust invasion worsened an already poor harvest. If you want to help, here is a list of organizations gathering aid:

Tsunami charity scamsupdated: Thu Jan 06 2005 17:54:00

At a time of unprecedented giving, the FBI warns that Internet scams are emerging.

This year's must-have gift: A goatupdated: Thu Dec 23 2004 09:03:00

Forget the iPod -- goats and chickens are the must-have Christmas presents this year.

Oxfam: UK has hidden arms tradeupdated: Wed Feb 25 2004 05:11:00

Leading aid and human rights groups have accused the UK government of exploiting a "dangerous loophole," leading to a rise in some areas of arms sales.

Fortune: CHARITY ISN'T THE ANSWER WHY FREE MARKETS ARE BETTER THAN FREE MONEYupdated: Mon Nov 10 1997 00:01:00

So you're a big cheese with a lot of dough--giving a billion dollars to charity has got to be a swell thing to do, right? Ted Turner's recent $1 billion pledge to the U.N. has raised the question, ...

Money Magazine: PUT MONEY WHERE YOUR MORALS AREupdated: Fri Aug 01 1986 00:01:00

Ethical investing, chortled at by free-marketeers and efficient market maestros who argue it's like boxing with one hand tied behind your back, has turned out to be a real contender. Newsletters, p...

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