Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Oxfam eNews: Hurricane Katrina - One Year Later

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August 29, 2006

Hurricane Katrina devastated the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, more than one fifth of them living below the poverty line. The government promised that help was on the way, but, a year later, poor people in the Gulf Coast are still waiting. Oxfam America has been on the ground all along, helping people rebuild their lives. In this month's newsletter, learn about:

Forgotten Communities, Unmet Promises

The new Oxfam America report, "Forgotten Communities, Unmet Promises" tells and shows graphically the stories of people coping as rebuilding lags in poor Gulf communities. Click here to read the report.

Tell President Bush to keep his promises to Katrina and Rita survivors

You can help get residents of the Gulf Coast back on the right track to an equitable recovery. Families cannot rebuild on their own and private initiatives are not enough. The government must do its part to help the region and its most vulnerable people recover.

Contact President Bush and demand that the government keep its promises to help the most vulnerable people affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Blogging from the Gulf Coast. Oxfam staff share their stories

Oxfam America staff are on the Gulf Coast and writing reports on what they see and how residents are coping one year later. To view the blog, click here.

Photos from the Coast

Click here to view a slideshow of how one family is still living in a FEMA trailer one year later.

Oxfam America and NAACP host town hall meeting in Gulfport, Mississippi

National and community leaders at a town hall meeting Saturday criticized the lack of political will, the bureaucratic bungling, and the poor policy decisions that have characterized the recovery from the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina. Click here to learn more.

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Tim Fullerton
Oxfam America

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