Peace and development: Transforming lives
07 July 2011
Help with healing is crucial after an emergency. It may be healing bodies, when people need medical treatment. It may be healing spirits, when a loved one is lost. Or the healing may be between communities, guiding people towards reconciliation after conflict.
Caritas members joined together to prepare for a better future in southern Sudan.
Caritas believes in healing in the broadest sense as the way for ward in human development. Even when there is no obvious big crisis, the world’s poor suffer many wounds caused by the relentless struggle of daily sur vival on about a dollar a day, or by the lack of education, employment or opportunity, which drains away hope. Caritas uses the presence of its members in the poorest countries to transform lives. In 2010, Caritas helped people living with the long- running violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo not only with food and shelter, but with counselling and healthcare to allow them to regain control of their lives. Caritas nurtured peace at the grassroots level. Conflict usually leads to a loss in any development gains that have been made.