Bishop Nestor Azagbya Nongo of Bossangoa and three diocesan priests were kidnapped on 16 April in Batangafo in the Central African Republic by former-Seleka rebels. They were freed by African peacekeepers as they were being taken to Chad.
With relief activities beginning to wind down in the Philippines after Super Typhoon Haiyan, the focus is now shifting on providing longer-term recovery support to build back their lives better and reduce reliance on emergency aid.
Caritas has launched an appeal for funds in Niger where over 4 million people are going hungry because of food shortages. It aims to raise 3 million euro (US$4.2 million) so the people of Niger will have food.
There are four million people who are desperately hungry in Niger now after poor rains which affected the harvest. If we don’t do anything, that will double to seven million within two months. That’s half the population of the entire country.