Our whole city Kenema was worst hit at the outbreak of this dreadful Ebola virus. Many families have been wiped out and many children have been orphaned. There are also many widows and widowers who lost their partners to Ebola. People are traumatised and stigmatised.
Caritas Internationalis health expert Monsignor Robert J. Vitillo is in Monrovia in Liberia, helping the local Church in its Ebola response. He finds a country and a people transformed by the killer virus.
At a time when people need more than ever to have a family around them to help cushion the repeated blows dealt by this time of crisis, people are finding themselves increasingly alone and isolated. Even when they have a family, people often don’t feel valued as part of society.
Caritas Internationalis and the Pontifical Council for the Family will host a one-day seminar on the role of the family in the global economic crisis. The meeting will look at how Caritas as the charitable arm of the Church can work through families to better promote development.
For the last ten years Caritas's partner Norwegian Church Aid(NCA) have been at the forefront of running life-line services for camp residents. Babiker, an NCA aid worker, who comes from the area, takes us through a typical day's work.
Ten years since the conflict began in Darfur 1.4 million people are still living in camps. CAFOD’s Nana Anto-Awuakye has recently returned from Darfur and shares her reflections on what life is like for Darfur’s camp communities.
People are finding it increasingly difficult to return to their villages because of the ongoing conflict between government and rebel groups and the inter-ethnic fighting between tribes, and so they are doing what they can to make a life for themselves inside the camps.