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Oxfam again: the wolf dressed as a sheep

Oxfam again: the wolf dressed as a sheep

Before you donate to Oxfam read this!

Before you wilt with grief and shame and dig into your pocket to save all the wretched souls in this wretched story you had better take time to recall the MM’s coverage of the sly benefactor of this article written under the name Helen Szoke. Oh yes, the darling has grand form as CEO of Oxfam Australia. Another name you may remember but would sooner forget was Oxfam’s choice as ambassador, the disgusting Onus-Williams who swore to “f**k Australia.” Must read here. The question should be, did the ABC know of Oxfam’s controversy or were they conned by Szoke? What say you?

I stepped under the flap into the tiny, sand-floored tent cut into the hill side of Bangladesh. It was oppressively hot and dusty inside. A couple of women immediately moved to get stools for myself and a Bangladeshi colleague; it would not be hospitable if we had to sit on the floor, they explained.

Source: ABC of course!

Foreign aid: Australia must match the generosity of those we’re helping

They also offered us water, but we politely declined knowing how scarce and precious it was in the camps.
The Rohingya women then began to tell us stories of what they had experienced when they fled violence across the border in Myanmar. Stories of being raped, or seeing family members raped or killed, before fleeing for their lives.
As one woman Fatima* started to speak, she immediately burst into tears, the weight of the trauma she was carrying too much to bare.
And yet, even as the women shared their horrific experiences, they also tried to fan us to ensure we weren’t struggling with the oppressive heat.
The generosity of people in the most dire of circumstances has always astounded and deeply moved me.
I’ve had deeply poor Syrian refugees in Jordan, in threadbare rooms with no furniture, insist on making me tea; their cultural hospitality insists on it because it is the right thing to do.

I’ve met a mother, Mary*, in South Sudan, who had been forced to flee her home because of war, had lost everything and was living on a swamp island just out of a famine zone, give me sweet potatoes from the garden Oxfam helped her grow, to say thank you for the support.
Being confronted with this selfless generosity, even in the toughest of circumstances, is among the most challenging and emotional situations I find myself in.
The thread that ties these stories together is Australian aid. In all three countries — Bangladesh, South Sudan and Jordan — Oxfam receives Australian aid funding to support these people in need of assistance.
In all three cases I saw that Australian aid really is changing lives and offering people hope for the future.
We’re slipping down the donor list
But there have recently been reports that further cuts to Australia’s aid budget are being considered, while it is already at historic lows.
In global rankings of foreign aid, released overnight by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), we have seen Australia fall further behind other wealthy nations, from 17th to 19th, even though we are the 13th largest economy. It’s the third year in a row that we’ve seen a drop.

The level of our generosity is well below the average of other major donors such as the United Kingdom and proportionately less than countries with a lower GDP than our own — including Belgium, Ireland and New Zealand.
As the world grapples with extreme poverty, rising inequality and multiple humanitarian crises, it is unconscionable that the Government could be considering further eroding a critical lifeline to the world’s poorest people. They need our support to tackle poverty, inequality and climate change.
Australia’s foreign policy white paper released late last year also recognised that government action is needed to promote a stable, prosperous region and encourage sustainable development.
It’s important we don’t forget that a number of countries that were former recipients of Australian aid are now some of our biggest trading partners, including China and Malaysia. And China has gone on to become a major donor of foreign aid itself.
And historically, development aid has had notable successes, including a global vaccination campaign that virtually eradicated polio, and the mass distribution of insecticide-treated mosquito nets in sub-Saharan Africa, which halved the mortality rate from malaria and saved the lives of millions of children.
We can help overseas and at home
It’s also important to note that it’s not an either/or situation — Australia is a wealthy country and has the funding to support both a more generous aid program and our own people. After all, Australian aid currently makes up less than 1 per cent of all budget spending.
We are a nation of kind and compassionate people, happy to lend a hand to those in need.
We see ourselves as part of a global community and we care about tackling poverty here in Australia and globally; we’ve always been able to do both. Individually we donate over $1 billion a year to Australian aid NGOs.
Our aid budget needs to be rebuilt to represent this.
Australia needs a generous and stable aid program that leaves no one behind, bolsters the capacity and responsibility of countries to provide for all their people, and helps to build resilience in an increasingly risky world.
We need to keep supporting vulnerable people with Australian aid, because not only is it the right thing to do, but it is no less than they would do for us were we in the same circumstances.
Helen Szoke is the chief executive of Oxfam Australia.

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  • Clarion Call 11/04/2018, 7:24 am

    Contribute to Oxfam?. Just another of those ‘bleeding heart’ organisations you’d like to strip bare to see just where the donations wind up and how much actually gets to those who need it most. What cost to administer organisations like this? Answer: generally, a lot.

  • angry 11/04/2018, 7:39 am
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  • Aktosplatz 11/04/2018, 7:59 am

    I am associated with Aid Providers for Bangladesh and parts of North Est Africa near the Sudan.

    Oxfam is certainly not involved here, and the aid goes direct to the people (locals) there.

    The aid is part money, but most of it is in training on the spot to develop skills and businesses for fund generation.

    Volunteers from Australia go for a few weeks at a time. All doing OK too.

  • TommyGun 11/04/2018, 8:11 am

    As a resident of a wealthy nation like Australia, I support the idea of foreign aid.

    I do NOT SUPPORT the idea of bringing hordes of people who are clearly just “Economic Refugees” here! Wealthy countries should be trying to improve the SHITHOLE countries and keeping their residents THERE.
    Otherwise, in the long run, Australia will be dragged down to level of SHITHOLE as well.

  • DT 11/04/2018, 8:12 am

    One in every eight Australians now live in poverty, thousands are children.

  • Tom 11/04/2018, 8:42 am

    The elephant in the room, (if that’s not an unfortunate turn of phrase, since African countries are the worst offenders here), is that if you make things better in any of these countries, they react by making more babies – lots of them – which exacerbates the problem exponentially into the next generation.

    Many will remember Bob Geldorf’s ‘Live Aid’ to famine-bound Ethiopia in the 80’s. The population Ethiopia has TREBLED since then to a number far beyond what the country can feed. This was possible only because of the well-intentioned aid that flowed into the country, and the doe-eyed waif who appeared on all those posters twenty years ago is today an AK47-toting thug who might have left his AK behind if he was among the millions who have invited themselves into Europe as a ‘refugee’, but not his attitudes to life.

  • Lorraine 11/04/2018, 9:07 am

    we give any way Julie Bishop is in charge of the $dollars, it is worth noting , just send an email to Julie an by magic $90 million dollars goes to some school in Africa with Gillard’s face all over it. that is our taxes.

  • Biking Voter 11/04/2018, 9:27 am

    Not one cent will I give to the mud hut dwellers, there are far too may problems in this country that need help before any of the aid money should flow overseas.

  • Jack Richards 11/04/2018, 10:09 am

    I give nothing to charities involved in overseas aid. As many Africans have said, all the aid does is exacerbate the problem, destroy local markets and create an endless welfare mentality and a pot of gold worth yet another civil war where all sides are led by corrupt thugs and bullies just itching to get their hands on the western aid dollars.

    For nearly all my life, at least since we got our first TV in 1959, I’ve been bombarded with these sympathy-sucking ads of blacks sitting in the dust with their hand-out. As a school boy in 1960 I collected money for one such charity and figured that they’d soon get their act together and it would be a one-off thing. But it’s never ended and the starving children of 1960 are now probably the great-grandparents of a few thousand more starving children.

    When one considers the continent of Africa, with its boundless natural resources, ideal climate in many parts, high rainfall, fertile soils, deposits of every sort of metal, coal, oil, gas, lakes, fisheries etc et al the question arises as to why they’re always at war with each other? Why is it that they have developed almost no infrastructure? Why is it that the standard of living has declined quite precipitously in every country since de-colonisation? Why is it that they seem incapable of ever doing anything for themselves?

    I’m not going to give $10/month so that those who have made a career of running these charities can swan around the world, first class of course, and collect multi-million dollar salaries and neither am I going to give $10/month to buy more AK-47s for yet another African despot’s tribal army of thieves, murderers and rapists. I couldn’t care less about them not having a well because they’re too lazy or incompetent to dig a hole. F*ck ’em.

    • Joe Blogs 11/04/2018, 10:30 am

      Blogs started dropping and swapping charitable donations 30-odd years ago. The last straw was the Red Cross’ appointment of Robert Tickner AO (Arse ‘Ole) as its tin-rattler-in-chief.

      • TommyGun 11/04/2018, 1:27 pm

        Wasn’t that guy a Turd!?
        I remember when he was Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and he stuck his nose in the Goolwa bridge affair (“Secret Women’s Business”…what a crock of shyte that was.)
        Arse ‘Ole all right!

    • Botswana O'Hooligan 11/04/2018, 11:19 am

      Take it from me, a bloke who used to fly “aid ” into some of those joints, DO NOT GIVE ANYTHING because some other bastard is either pocketing the loot or the local warlord is flogging the stuff off someplace else. Even Anglicare reward themselves handsomely tax free.

  • Joe Blogs 11/04/2018, 10:15 am

    Szoke’s just another carpetbagging, bleeding heart, female SJW who’s bullshitted her way up to First Class on the PC gravy train.

    • Joe Blogs 11/04/2018, 10:32 am

      Delete “female”; insert “femmo”.

      • Eliza 11/04/2018, 1:41 pm

        Delete femmo Joe, still not gender neutral!!

      • Joe Blogs 11/04/2018, 6:37 pm

        That’s her problem, Eliza.

  • JohnE 11/04/2018, 11:40 am

    Ms Szoke reckons “they would do the same for us”. I remember a Tsunami that wiped out a fair bit of Banda Aceh. What did the Indos do in return, stuck a coupe of guys in front of a firing squad.

    • TommyGun 11/04/2018, 1:30 pm

      Pig’s arse, they would.
      If they had half a chance, the majority of the muzlim scum from Indonesia would be on boats to here before you could say “Allah Akhbar!”

    • Bwana Neusi 11/04/2018, 2:12 pm

      “They would do the same for us” Tell that to a white farmer

  • OPA 11/04/2018, 4:30 pm

    Of course they treated her nice! After all she had the money in her purse and they wanted it! If not, the Africans probably would hang a tire filled with petrol around her neck. and light it. And the Roringyahs started an uprising against the native population wanting a muslim republic and ended up getting their arses kicked. Aww, gee!!

    • Joe Blogs 11/04/2018, 6:44 pm

      Well that solves one riddle, O. At the petrol station the other day, Blogs saw a couple of ni – er, Africans – trying to get petrol into the tyres (of their near-new 4WD) instead of the tank. Those old tribal customs can be hard to shake.

    • Neville 12/04/2018, 1:39 am

      Apparently the recently-passed and much-beloved (??) wife of Mandela was keen as mustard on necklacing, having explicitly stated how she’d use the methodology to ‘cleanse South Effrica of whites’.

  • Philip 11/04/2018, 5:43 pm

    On the subject of aid, did you notice that Australia will give Vanuatu $70M in aid this year. Well that was money well spent now that they are going to become a Chinese outpost.

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