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Caroline Gluck works as a the Middle-East regional information officer for the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department, based in Amman, Jordan.

She previously worked as a field-based emergency press officer for aid agency, Oxfam.

She worked in Asia for more than a decade as a foreign correspondent for BBC Radio, Television and Online. She's also written for a variety of other media publications, including the Times and the Economist.

cgluck@oxfam.org.uk

Entries by Caroline Gluck

A Changed Landscape

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 1:00 AM

In villages and towns across Suruc district, in south-eastern Turkey, there's almost nowhere you can travel these days without encountering a Syrian refugee.

Hundreds of thousands of Syrians fled the city of Kobane and neighbouring areas in September in a matter of days, when their homes came under attack from...

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Cold Comfort in Turkey

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 8:06 AM

All it took was a photograph of a smiling young man to be passed around and within minutes the family I've been meeting are in tears. Saeed was just 23 years-old and had been the sole breadwinner in his family. He was a Yazidi Kurd -- a religious minority group....

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Conflict in Iraq Forces Families to Flee Their Homes and Seek Shelter Where They Can

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 2:58 AM

In one neighborhood of Kirkuk, Northern Iraq, more than a hundred Iraqi families forced to leave their homes because of ongoing fighting, live cheek-by-jowl in two unfinished, unheated buildings. There's no privacy, no running water, no proper sanitation facilities and only open windows and unfinished staircases -- a certain hazard...

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Syrian Refugees and Millions of Iraqis Displaced by Conflict: A Common Struggle to Find Work, Housing & the Daily Basics

(2) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 9:51 AM

Amid a bustling crowd, 12 year-old Akram sat quietly on top of some bags cradling and stroking a white cat. Around him, hundreds of Syrian refugees who'd escaped attacks by ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) on the Syrian border city of Kobane and surrounding areas were gathering...

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After Typhoon Haiyan -- Moving in the Right Direction?

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 1:06 PM

When typhoon Haiyan hit the central Philippines last November, killing more than 6,000 people and destroying millions of people's houses and livelihoods, people like fisherman Lionel Advincula, from Barangay Bislig in Tanauan municipality, Leyte province, found themselves having to make some tough choices.

One of the most pressing priorities for...

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Climate Shocks Hitting the Poorest Farmers and Fisherfolk Hardest in the Philippines

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 5:46 AM

As governments meet in Japan to hear new evidence from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which expected to show that the impact of climate change on food will be far more serious than previously thought, a new report from Oxfam warns that the impact of climate change could...

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Life as a Syrian Refugee

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 9:05 AM

This week, World Refugee Day will be marked. It's easy to forget, among the statistics, that refugees are ordinary people like you and me, often unwittingly caught up in events beyond their control. More than one million Syrians have now been forced to leave their country because of conflict; with...

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Happiness in Times of Hardship

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 3:35 AM

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The wedding dance

Life is tough for Syrian refugees living in Jordan's sprawling Zaatari refugee camp in the desert. Most have lost everything they once had: their homes, possessions, their jobs and many loved-ones.

In the crowded camp, home to more than 100,000 who've...

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Helping the Disabled to Live With Dignity in Jordan's Zaatari Refugee Camp

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 5:00 PM

Adapting to life in Jordan's sprawling desert refugee camp, Zaatari, is hard for all refugees, but especially so for those with disabilities and special needs.

I met 12-year-old Sidra, who'd arrived just two days earlier, with her mother and brother on the main street near the camp entrance. They'd...

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Approaching Summer and Syrian Refugee Influx Adding to Jordan's Water Worries

(1) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 2:38 AM

Just a short distance from Zaatari, Jordan's sprawling refugee camp, which officially hosts more than 160,000 people who've fled conflict in Syria, lies a road full of small nurseries growing vegetables and olive trees.

One of them is run by Khaled. But these days he's not at all happy. "There...

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Working to Help Syrian Refugees in a Male-dominated Environment

(1) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 11:16 PM

Amid a sea of male construction and site workers in Jordan's sprawling Zaatari desert camp, Oxfam's female engineer, Farah Al-Basha stands out from the crowd.

The energetic 27-year-old Jordanian joined the Oxfam team earlier this year, quitting her job at a private engineering company to work for the aid agency.

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Syria's Humanitarian Crisis -- Dramatically Deteriorating

(16) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 8:24 AM

Syria's humanitarian crisis is dramatically deteriorating. The UN estimates 2.5 million people displaced by conflict inside the country need help, while there are now more than 800,000 refugees who've fled to neighbouring countries, including Jordan -- with record numbers arriving in January. Oxfam is among the many agencies responding to...

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Love in a Hard Place

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 10:18 AM

On St. Valentine's evening, the families of Aya and Mohammed gathered in a tiny prefabricated building in Jordan's Zaatari camp, a vast sprawling place in the desert housing an estimated 90,000 refugees who fled Syria, and agreed on their engagement.

Aya, 17, and Mohammed, 21 are cousins and both originally...

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A Refuge From Syria Conflict Still Brings Misery for Thousands in Lebanon

(6) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 2:46 AM

Take a look at the hands of married women who've fled Syria to take refuge in neighboring Lebanon and you'll notice that almost all aren't wearing any jewellery. Many families fled the fighting in Syria with little more than the clothes on their backs. Desperate, traumatized, and in severe need,...

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Don't They Know It's Christmas?

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 10:44 PM

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Christmas is coming

In the Philippines, a strongly Catholic country, the first signs of Christmas appear months before the actual event: shops playing Christmas carols on their audio loops, brightly decorated trees, neon Santas and reindeers are colourfully displayed outside shops and plazas. It...

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Typhoon Bopha: Families Struggle to Recover

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 3:04 AM

More than a thousand people have been killed in the destruction left by Typhoon Bopha in Mindanao, the southern island of the Philippines. Thousands are still living in evacuation center -- their homes totally destroyed. They face an uncertain future since the typhoon wrecked huge plantations of crops and it...

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Typhoon Bopha -- Death Toll Rises

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 12:46 AM

The death toll from Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines continues to rise; 906 people are now confirmed dead; with more than 900 missing.

Aid agency, Oxfam, and its humanitarian partners in the Philippines, the Humanitarian Response Consortium, are responding to help the worst-hit communities in Mindanao, setting up water...

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Huge Challenges Lie Ahead for Typhoon-affected Communities in the Philippines

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 4:03 AM

Travelling to New Bataan, in Compostela Valley on the Philippines island of Mindanao, is a depressing experience. It's one of the areas most devastated by Typhoon Bopha.

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Destruction wrought by typhoon Bopha

The drive takes us through dramatic scenery. Destroyed houses,...

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Learning Lessons From the Past

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 9:07 AM

Construction worker, Francis Abuhan, his family and some neighbours were sitting on bamboo mats in the road. Their precious belongings lay around them: a television set, video recorder, rice and some cooking equipment, clothes and other personal possessions. Their damaged homes stood in a muddy flooded field next to them.

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Experiencing Typhoon Bopha

(1) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 1:09 AM

For decades, people in Kadiwa village, Laak municipality, a picturesque farming village in Compostela Valley province, on the southern Philippines island of Mindanao, had watched the damage that typhoons could cause from afar -- on their television sets only.

Despite the many typhoon warnings in the past, the area remained...

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