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If you’ve been following the news at all this week, you’ve probably heard a lot about Syria, where a two-year armed conflict has recently become the focus of global media attention.
Today, as world leaders debate possible military action in Syria, the human cost of the conflict continues to rise. Inside the country, nearly seven million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Two million have taken refuge in neighboring countries, and thousands more are still flowing across the borders each day; more than half of them are children. Oxfam is currently helping to provide aid to more than 200,000 civilians in need in Jordan and Lebanon, and is aiming to reach 650,000 by the end of the year.
Meanwhile, a number of major news outlets turned to Oxfam staffers on the ground for their firsthand perspectives on this rapidly escalating humanitarian crisis.
Oxfam America President Ray Offenheiser on NPR's Morning Edition
Listen to the story, "Humanitarian Aid Agencies Brace For Fallout From Syrian Strikes."
Ray Offenheiser on Democracy Now!
The Christian Science Monitor interviews Oxfam aid workers in Jordan
Ray Offenheiser on WBUR’s Boston Morning Edition
Listen to the story, "Oxfam America Prepares To Aid Syrian Refugees"
GlobalPost interviews Ray Offenheiser
Blogging from Lebanon and Jordan
Oxfam America president Ray Offenheiser, director of humanitarian response Mike Delaney, and director of media Matt Herrick are Lebanon and Jordan this week, visiting Oxfam’s programs helping refugees both in camps and in urban settings. Read their blog posts here.