Patrick Nicholson

About Patrick Nicholson

Patrick Nicholson is Director of Communications at Caritas Internationalis. He focuses on disasters and conflict, food and climate change, HIV and health, migration and trafficking, development and general issues around the operations of Caritas around the world.

December 1, 2015

Life on Ukraine’s frontline

By |1 December 2015|

At least 800,000 people face war along the contact line in Ukraine. Not only are they under threat, but they face difficulties getting food, heating, shelter and medicine.

October 9, 2015

Faith matters in a crisis

By |9 October 2015|

Caritas Internationalis hosted event on the role of faith-based organisations in emergencies held at the UN in Geneva in preparation for the UN’s World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in May 2016.

September 29, 2015

To go or not to go: a Syrian asks the question

By |29 September 2015|

Shiar is an English Literature scholar and a Syrian refugee. He is travelling to Europe with his family. He spoke to Caritas in Kara Tepe transit camp on Lesbos about the journey so far.

Which way is Sweden? The refugee crisis on Lesbos

By |28 September 2015|

The Greek island of Lesbos is at the epicentre of the refugee crisis, receiving 200,000 Syrians, Afghanistanis and others this year. Caritas has been providing aid to those in desperate need.

January 8, 2015

Winter storm hits refugees in Middle East

By |8 January 2015|

A winter storm has blanketed much of the Middle East in snow, leaving refugees huddling for warmth in their makeshift tents. Caritas has run winterization programmes, providing fuel, warm clothes and bedding and making tents and accommodation more resistant to cold conditions.

December 22, 2014

Tsunami reflections from Aceh

By |22 December 2014|

The 26 December 2004, a tsunami devastated Aceh. The crew of the fishing boat Centosa recieved Caritas support. See how their lives have changed ten years later.

Portraits from Aceh

By |16 December 2014|

“It would have taken longer to get back on our feet without Caritas. Things are good now. We have schools, hospitals and homes. The cooperative is going well and we have been able to improve the boats,” he said.

How Aceh is rebuilt, 10 years after tsunami

By |16 December 2014|

Caritas built over 9000 permanent shelters in Aceh, as well as 350 infrastructure projects such as schools, clinics, roads and markets.

Tsunami 10 years: before and after in Aceh

By |16 December 2014|

On 26 December 2004, an earthquake in the Indian Ocean triggered a tsunami that devastated India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Aceh. Over a quarter of a million people were killed and 1.5 million made homeless.

Caritas marks 10 years since Asia tsunami

By |4 December 2014|

Tsunami affected communities in Sri Lanka. Caritas organisations from India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand joined confederation members from around the world, Church and other religious leaders in Sri Lanka 3-5 December to remember victims of the 2004 Asia tsunami.

November 12, 2014

Protecting child refugees in Thailand

By |12 November 2014|

COERR, the Catholic Office for Emergency Relief & Refugees, part of Caritas Thailand, helps about 10,000 of the refugees, working in all 9 camps, where it focuses on children who are living alone, are orphaned, living with relatives or otherwise in a vulnerable positions.

Children from Myanmar seek escape from poverty in Thailand

By |12 November 2014|

COERR, the Catholic Office for Emergency Relief & Refugees, works in refugee camps along the Thai-Myanmar border. Over 120,000 people from Myanmar live in the camps.

July 2, 2014

  • Amar, 18, a newly arrived Syrian refugee woman victim of a trauma, poses on June 19, 2014 at Caritas Migrant Center in Dahr El Ain, near Tripoli. Amar is catatonic and didn't speak for the last 6 months. The background shows a drawing made by 100 women for the Women's Day on March 8, 2014. Credit: Matthieu Alexandre/Caritas
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    Married at 14: What early marriage means for Syrian refugees

Married at 14: What early marriage means for Syrian refugees

By |2 July 2014|

The law in Syria sets the minimum age of marriage at 17 for boys and 16 for girls. However, religious leaders are allowed to approve informal marriages at the age of 13 for girls and 16 for boys.

A day in the life: Syrian refugees in Lebanon

By |2 July 2014|

Lebanon is home to a million Syrian refugees, more than any other nation. And Bekaa is home to 400,000 of those, more than anywhere else in the country.

And still they come: Syrian refugees in Lebanon

By |2 July 2014|

Syrians continue to flee the war in their country, crossing the border to Lebanon and other neighbouring countries. Even if it is to face a life of uncertainty as a refugee, they say they have no choice because they have to save their children.

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