The drought is real. We are affected by it now.

Mako, Farmer, Ethiopia

Climate change is affecting millions of the world’s poorest people, right now

More frequent and extreme weather – such as storms and droughts – are destroying homes, and wrecking lives and livelihoods. What’s more, the world’s poorest people have done the least to cause it.

Over recent decades there’s been huge progress in the fight against poverty. But climate change is threatening to reverse this progress. In fact, Oxfam believes that the climate emergency is the biggest, most urgent threat to the fight against poverty.

It is an injustice that can and must be stopped.



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In focus: in Ethiopia

"We have been affected by severe drought," says Mako, a farmer in Ethiopia.

Ethiopia has long been exposed to harsh effects of climate change.

"During the rainy season it is a good life, but during drought it is not a good life. We walk for two hours to get water. We lost all our cows due to drought."

You can help Oxfam in our work to help farmers like Mako diversify their sources of income and grow crops that are more resistant to droughts.

Photo: April Bulanadi/Oxfam

In focus: Typhoon Phanfone

Cristy Espina's family is one of those affected by Typhoon Phanfone that struck a coastal village in Eastern Samar. Her house was washed out by the storm surge as it is located near the sea.

Cristy is a single mother to her seven children. Now, she and her children are staying with her sister’s family in a small makeshift house, which was also damaged by the typhoon.

She said in tears, "I don’t know how we can recover everything that was destroyed. If only we could just leave and move to a safer place."

Photo: Philip Hatcher-Moore/Oxfam

In focus: during natural disasters

When Shaud's home in Zimbabwe flooded in the wake of Cyclone Idai, the water quickly rose washing away most of her family's belongings, cracking the walls and floors in their home.

"We lost everything," she says.

The floods also destroyed her entire crop, the family's only source of income.

"I have lost all hope. We don't know where to begin to fix all this."


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