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By Natalia Alonso, Head of Oxfam’s EU Office

Oxfam’s Penny Lawrence asked us to picture Isutu, a mother of five in Mali with elderly relatives at home and a husband in search of work. She has survived famine and fears she may soon be forced from her land by conflict, yet also struggles to feed herself and her family from day to day. Isutu is not just another victim of another crisis, this daily struggle is her life. The differences between ‘humanitarian’ and ‘developmental’ support mean little to her, and both are essential if she is not only to survive, but to thrive in spite of what may come.
Lawrence was speaking at a recent event held in Brussels, ‘Resilience & Power’, for which Oxfam had gathered figures from the very highest levels of the European Commission and the World Bank in order […]

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