A formerly quiet woman is leveraging a tiny investment of US foreign aid to enable women to speak loudly and powerfully to improve health and education in Chittagong, Bangladesh.
It seemed like photography really came to the forefront this year, especially as a way to tell stories about the people behind our work. On that note, here are a few (very subjective) picks for my favorite Oxfam images from the year.
The stories of Constance Okolet and Shorbanu Khatun, two women whose lives have been torn apart by near-unprecedented storms, floods and droughts, render the chilly distance of a phrase like "the impacts of climate change" near-meaningless.
News reports are just now emerging about the damage left by Aila. Tidal surges fueled by winds up to 60 miles per hour and flooding have forced about 500,000 people in Bangladesh into shelters.
One by one, Friedman says, small migrations like these are "changing the face of the world."
Sahena Begum is spearheading community efforts to cope with changing weather in Kunderpara village, Bangladesh.