February 10, 2014

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    Nine faith photos to inspire hope in Central African Republic

Nine faith photos to inspire hope in Central African Republic

By |10 February 2014|

A human tragedy is unfolding in the Central African Republic. Conflict is tearing its social fabric apart. Christian and Muslim communities are praying for peace and reconciliation.

Time running out in Central African Republic

By |6 February 2014|

Peace is urgently needed in the Central African Republic as violence continues to drive communities apart and a food crisis looms.

January 16, 2014

Central African Republic gripped by fear

By |16 January 2014|

One million people have fled their homes in Central African Republic as conflict continues. Caritas is bringing aid and a message of peace.

December 18, 2013

Advent message of hope for Central African Republic

By |18 December 2013|

Central African Republic is marking first anniversary of rebeelion that has plunged the country into chaos. Despite the anarchy, the Bishop of Bossangoa is looking to Advent for hope.

Aid desperately needed in Central African Republic

By |12 December 2013|

Cheers rang out from the 40,000 people trapped in the Catholic Mission in Bossangoa as peacekeeping troops arrived. “It came as a huge relief,” said Fr. Alain Eouanzoui, the Vicar General of Bossangoa, “We believe the nightmare might soon be over.”
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    Central African Republic: “We’re at the mercy of God, please pray for us.”

Central African Republic: “We’re at the mercy of God, please pray for us.”

By |6 December 2013|

Caritas staff in the Central African Republic are reporting the capital Bangui and many parts of the country are gripped by chaos and terror as fighting continues between forces loyal to the ex-president and the fighters who overthrew him.
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    Central African Republic Church leaders call for immediate ceasefire

Central African Republic Church leaders call for immediate ceasefire

By |5 December 2013|

Caritas and the Catholic Church in Central African Republic are calling for an immediate ceasefire as heavy fighting breaks out in the capital Bangui between forces loyal to the former president and the fighters who overthrew his regime.

November 26, 2013

Central African Republic: a photographers view

By |26 November 2013|

Even from the air, the situation looks scary. The plane circles the deserted town, not a soul in sight. As the descent begins, hundreds of white and blue spots can be made out; they're the canvases of the makeshift tents of the displaced.
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    Hunger on the horizon as farmers in Central African Republic too scared to plant crops

Hunger on the horizon as farmers in Central African Republic too scared to plant crops

By |26 November 2013|

“I was lucky,” said Thierry Diacro Lzila, a farmer in Ndangala, a village 40 km outside of the Central African Republic capital, Bangui. “I was in the church when the fighters arrived to search our homes. I was able to hide my tools.”
  • Archbishop of Bangui, Dieudonne Nzapalainga (R), addresses the president of Muslim Community, Imam Omar Kobine Layama (L) and Protestant Reverend Nicolas Gueret Koyama (C) on November 8, 2013 in Bangui. Credit: Matthieu Alexandre/Caritas
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    Peace in Central African Republic: an archbishop, an imam and a pastor join forces

Peace in Central African Republic: an archbishop, an imam and a pastor join forces

By |26 November 2013|

Religious leaders have come together to try to bring peace in the Central African Republic. They face enormous challenges but have faith they can succeed.

Deadly silence over Central African Republic

By |26 November 2013|

I would like to ask the same question to world leaders: How many ears must you have before you can hear our cry?

Don’t abandon Central African Republic

By |26 November 2013|

Caritas has been able to provide some help in the form of blankets, mats and tools and distribute UN food aid. But the insecurity means it’s difficult to get aid through.

Burned out, empty villages in Central African Republic

By |26 November 2013|

Caritas is supporting the Catholic Church in the Central African Republic’s call for a UN peacekeeping force to be deployed under Chapter VII powers to maintain peace.
  • Internally Displaced Persons (IDP's) stand next to the Cathedral on November 9, 2013 in Bossangoa, 380 km north of Bangui. 41.000 IDP’s took shelter near the Cathedral following the mass exactions of September 8, 2013. Chaos followed the ouster of Francois Bozize earlier this year and reports of summary executions, looting and abuses against civilians have prompted international concern that the Central African Republic could become another Somali-style failed state. PHOTO / MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE
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    Bossangoa: a symbol of pain and suffering in Central African Republic

Bossangoa: a symbol of pain and suffering in Central African Republic

By |26 November 2013|

Caritas and the Church have been working hard to provide aid to the compound in Bossangoa, including blankets and food. But the insecurity and disorder makes that very difficult. Needs are acute and growing.

Reflections from Central African Republic

By |15 November 2013|

While the crisis is only just beginning to register in the consciousness of the international community, for months now I’ve been reading reports from Caritas CAR, detailing the horrors faced by members of their parishes.

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