Caritas Internationalis is launching a huge recovery effort in the Central African Republic after months of turmoil have left the country devastated. Caritas has launched an appeal to provide food, shelter, education and healthcare to those in need inside the country.
A photographer makes a return to Central Africain Republic and to Bossangoa after his first visit five months ago. He cathches up with two women who have had their lives irrevocably changed by the violence in the country.
A pair of boots, a new ball and four decades of service make CAR football match. Orphans looked after by the Oblate sisters in Bangui, Central African Republic played a football match with a difference on Saturday – they had a new ball.
Thousands of Muslim families are being forced from their homes in the Central Africain Republic. Msgr Dieudonné Nzapalainga, Archbishop of Bangui and Caritas Central African President says attacks must end.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
“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.”