Cut the Cost of War

This autumn, Oxfam in Manchester launched a major 18 month campaign on one of the most important issues of our time: the human cost of war and the need to cut conflict and uphold the rights of civilians caught in conflict. The nature of war has changed. War today is mainly fought against non-combatants - 84% of casualties of war are now civilians, the majority of them women and children. According to UNICEF, 1.5 million children were killed in conflict between 1982 and 1992.

All around the world, Oxfam is seeing in their work the effects of war on ordinary people. While many believe that we live in a time of peace, there are at least 30 major armed conflicts in the world today, affecting the lives of 36 million people.

Manchester launch of Cut Conflict Campaign with tank and 3 local children in Albert Square
In their Cut Conflict Campaign, Oxfam calls for action in four areas: curbing the arms trade, bringing war criminals to justice, promoting peace, and upholding the rights of refugees. Oxfam are asking supporters to sign a petition calling for a curbing of the arms trade - the goal is to hand in over 100,000 signatures to Robin Cook MP in the spring.

Angus Cleary, Oxfam NW Campaigns (0161 861 9731)