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Simon Springett - Oxfam GB
Simon is the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for Oxfam covering the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and the Commonwealth of Independent States.
He holds a first degree in geology as well as an MSc in development practice.
Simon has worked internationally on humanitarian aid and development programmes for the last 15 years with the United Nations, Red Cross, and international NGOs.
primary experience is rapid onset emergency relief programmes and he
has worked in Africa, Europe, South and East Asia, Central Asia, the Caucasus, and the Middle East.
Simon is also a member of the Steering Committee of The Humanitarian Forum, Steering Group of the Enhancing Learning & Research in Humanitarian Assistance initiative, and a member of the Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition Scientific Advisory Board.
"The risk level was becoming unacceptable ...
"The risk level was becoming unacceptable for us, making it impossible for our programs to operate," Simon Springett, Oxfam's program manager for Iraq told the Associated Press from Amman, Jordan.
began withdrawing its 15 international staff members on Monday and completed the move within 48 hours, Springett
said.The London-based aid group had been working on water and sanitation projects with UNICEF in Iraq.
Last week's bombing of the UN's Baghdad headquarters, which killed 23 and injured more than 100, was only one of the factors contributing to Oxfam's
"We felt international organizations were becoming increasingly targeted," he
said."I think there's been a blurring of humanitarian and military operations in Iraq," Springett
said."It's setting a very dangerous precedent."He
had spoken to several other aid groups that were also reviewing their security in Iraq.
Oxfam America: Oxfam Delivering 390,000 Gallons of Water a Day in Lebanon Relief Effort
"In some of the villages, 80 percent of homes have been destroyed along with vital water systems of pipelines and large water storage reservoirs,, said Simon Springett, Country Program Manager for Oxfam.
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Simon Springett , Oxfam UK
...Simon SpringettSimon is the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for Oxfam covering the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and the Commonwealth of Independent States. He holds a first degree in geology as well as an MSc in development practice.He
has worked internationally on humanitarian aid and development programmes since 1994 with the UN and international NGOs.
World | csmonitor.com
Simon Springett, a coordinator for Oxfam, said he'd talked with other aid agencies that also were reviewing the wisdom of continuing to try to operate in the wake of last week's terrorist bombing of UN headquarters in Baghdad.