Goma sees yet more fighting in troubled Congo

By |23 August 2013|

Goma in the troubled east of the Democratic Republic of Congo was shelled again this week despite the UN peacekeeping force (MONSUCO) putting a security perimeter around the city.

Central African Republic on the brink

By |23 August 2013|

Fr Aurélio Gazzera is the local diocesan Caritas director in Bouar in Northern Central African Republic. Rebel Seleka forces seized power in CAR in March, plunging the country into anarchy. The United Nations said last week the country was on the brink of collapse and the crisis was threatening to spread beyond its borders. Caritas Internationalis has launched an international appeal for over €700,000 to support its work for peace and reconciliation, help people meet their immediate needs and re-establish their livelihoods as well as offer basic health services in nine dioceses.Fr Gazzera’s eye-witness accounts have spoken of villages being abandoned as people flee the violence. By Fr Aurélio Gazzera There are makeshift road blocks around Bohong, manned by Seleka fighters. The armed men charge you 1000 CAR francs to enter or leave the town if you’re on a bike, while its 200 CAR francs if you’re on foot. If […]

Peace mission in Central African Republic

By |19 August 2013|

By Fr.Aurelio Gazzera in Bozoum, Central African Republic Francais and Espanol    These days we received a great gift: The visit of the Archbishop of Bangui, Dieudonné Nzapalainga. He is one of the few people in the country who raise their voices against injustice and violence. He is the president of the Episcopal Conference and of Caritas. He brought us the solidarity of the Church and gave us great encouragement.  He came here to examine the situation of the 2,400 displaced people who abandoned  their villages along the Bozoum-Bossangoa road to get to Bouzom. On Saturday we started with a meeting with the delegates of the eight villages, who presented their situation and their needs. Their most urgent need is peace and security. But then also healthcare, food, shelter… At 10 AM we met with one of the few officials who remained in the city. However, he does not have any power, as everything [...]

Thousands in need of aid in South Sudan’s Pibor

By |14 August 2013|

Ongoing violence in South Sudan’s Jongeli State has forced an estimated 100,000 people from their homes into the bush.  The recent clashes include inter-communal violence between Lou Nuer and Murle people. Those who have fled the fighting  and are living in the wilderness have no food, clean water or healthcare. Aid agencies are struggling to reach them due to the fighting and heavy rains that make the roads inaccessible. Caritas is working with the UN’s WFP to distribute food to those displaced and effected by the violence in the Pibor area in Jonglei. Caritas South Sudan has been mobilising diocesan staff and parish volunteers to support the humanitarian response in Jongeli State. Caritas member Catholic Relief Services is also supporting the intervention. Caritas South Sudan said, “A big thank you to the parish volunteers from Archdiocese of Juba and the Dioceses of Tombura-Yambio and Wau. In an act of true solidarity, they are travelling to [...]

Killings reported in Central Africa Republic

By |9 August 2013|

By Clotaire Mbao Ben-Seb, Communications Officer Caritas Central Africa The people of Central African Republic continue to live through a terrifying ordeal. Calm has returned to the capital Bangui, but in the interior of the country, human rights abuses are continuing according to local staff. Fr Aurélio Gazzera is the local diocesan Caritas director in Bouar in northern CAR. He says that there has been violence, robbery and killings against the local people from 25 July. People are experiencing the worst conditions of their lives. Fr Gazzera was part of a fact finding mission to Ouhman-Bac on Sunday 27 July. He says there are reports of between 30 to 50 bodies thrown into the river Ouham. This has caused people to flee from the area. Caritas is seeking to find out further confirmation around the incident. Fr Gazzera says that there is a lack of food, medicine, sleeping mats and tarpaulins for people as the rainy [...]

Clean hands save lives for Somali refugees in Kenya

By |8 August 2013|

Caritas Internationalis has launched two appeals for Somali refugees living near Dadaab in Kenya since 2011. In Kambioos, Caritas works through its American member CRS to provide training on hygiene and better sanitation.

International Youth Day focus on migration

By |7 August 2013|

International Youth Day is commemorated every year on 12 August. This year the theme is ‘Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward’.

Food for hope in Mali

By |2 August 2013|

The EA program 38 which has since January 2013 began with the reinforcement of capacity building of Caritas Sahel (Burkina Faso, Niger, Senegal and Mali), with the aim to provide an effective emergency response and coordinated directly or indirectly people affected by the conflict in Mali.
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    Caritas Central African Republic Director wounded in shooting

Caritas Central African Republic Director wounded in shooting

By |25 July 2013|

Caritas Central African Republic Director Fr Elysée Guedjande is recovering in hospital after being shot Friday 19 July in Bangui. Two unidentified men attacked Fr Guedjande as he was parking his car, asking for the keys to the vehicle. As the priest tried to escape, he was hit in the leg by a bullet.

Catastrophe in Central African Republic

By |4 July 2013|

The humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic is becoming dramatic, according to Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga of Bangui. “It’s catastrophic,” said the Archbishop. Basic services like health and education have collapsed following a coup, food is scarce, businesses are struggling to survive and public sector salaries have gone unpaid. [Read Caritas Africa statement on the situation in Central African Republic] “The needs in my country are great. People are ill and don’t have medicines,” he said. Reports show that many medical clinics are either closed or have no medicine available. “They don’t have food. Every evening for the past week there’s been a ‘concert of saucepans’ in Bangui. People are out on the streets banging their pots because they are so hungry,” said the Church leader. Conflict erupted in December 2012 when the ‘Séléka’ rebel coalition launched a series of attacks, seizing Bangui in March. An estimated 206,000 people are internally displaced in the [...]

Drought hits Angola

By |21 June 2013|

Caritas Angola took part in an joint assessment trip to four municipalities in Namibe Province in early June, where staff found an estimated 250,000 people affected and 70 percent of crops destroyed. Families’ remaining stocks will not last until September.

Changing lives in Ethiopia

By |18 June 2013|

In Ethiopia, failure of successive rainy seasons brought about massive crop failure, the death of livestock and critical food and water shortages affecting 4.5 million people in eastern, southern and northern parts of the country. Caritas launched an appeal for €1.4 million to help some 65,000 people with food, water and the recovery of livelihoods.

A cry for peace for Central African Republic

By |4 June 2013|

Read in French By Clotaire Mbao Ben Seba, Bangui If you think a smile is stronger than a weapon If you believe in the power of an offered hand, If you can look at the other with a touch of love If you prefer to know the hope to suspicion, If for you the other is primarily a brother, If you believe that peace is possible, Then peace will come. A hymn for peace sung by students of St. Theresa School in Bangui at a special Mass for reconciliation. “If we speak, write and cry loud enough, someone may stop, listen and do something,” said Fr. Aurelio Gazzera, Caritas director in the diocese of Bouar in the Central African Republic. But he doubts that help will come to a country with chronically instability and little strategic value. Conflict, human rights abuses and lawlessness has been rampant there since the rebel […]

Caritas helping those forced to flee in Congo

By |23 May 2013|

Fighting near Goma, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo's largest city, has killed at least 20 people since Monday and ended an uneasy six-month calm between the army and fighters from the M23 rebel group.

Central Africa Republic slides into chaos

By |23 May 2013|

Cases of arbitrary killings, robberies, looting and abductions have been reported throughout Central African Republic since Seleka rebel forces seized power in March.

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