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.

October 21, 2016

Humanitarian crisis looms as Mosul battle rages in Iraq

By |21 October 2016|

Caritas is preparing for a wave of people fleeing the embattled Iraqi city of Mosul. Between 1.2 to 1.5 million people could be affected and 200,000 could flee in the first few weeks.

June 18, 2016

What future for Syrians in Turkey?

By |18 June 2016|

Giving the Syrian refugees something to hope for is a key. Caritas provides a space for children to play, do art, make friends and even garden.

A day in the life of a Syrian mother in Turkey

By |18 June 2016|

Yusra wakes up at 4 am. She will spend the next 12 hours in the fields picking fruit and vegetables alongside other Syrian refugees.

April 20, 2016

Pope appeal for Ukraine

By |20 April 2016|

Pope Francis has asked for a special collection 24 April for humanitarian aid for Ukraine. Since the crisis began, Caritas has helped more than 260,000 people.

“You are not alone”: Pope Francis in Lesbos

By |17 April 2016|

Caritas staff met Pope Francis on his ecumenical visit to Lesbos, where he was raising the plight of refugees.

March 30, 2016

Cardinal Tagle meets migrants workers in Lebanon

By |30 March 2016|

There are over a quarter of a million migrant domestic women workers in Lebanon. Caritas Lebanon is one of the few local organisations making efforts to ensure decent working conditions.

Cardinal Tagle visits Syrian refugees in Lebanon

By |15 March 2016|

Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle visited a refugee camp in Lebanon in February 2016 as part of the Syria: Peace is Possible Campaign.

February 23, 2016

Fear and hunger stalk Burundi

By |23 February 2016|

Burundi has been on edge since April 2015 when its president, Pierre Nkurunziza, decided to run for a controversial third term in office. The political drama sparked bloody street protests, a failed coup attempt and plunged the country into its worst crisis since the end of a civil war in 2005.

December 2, 2015

War’s lasting trauma in Ukraine

By |2 December 2015|

Lives ripped apart by the horrors of war and how Caritas Ukraine is helping families heal the wounds.

Families caught in Ukraine’s war

By |1 December 2015|

Ukraine's civil war is a hidden crisis in Europe. Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced from their homes and are in need of humanitarian aid.

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.

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