By Helen Blakesley
Djélika Haïdara pushes a plaited braid off her face and hitches her five month-old son higher onto her hip. She leans down to look into the metal pot that’s simmering on the wood stoked stove, placed on the kitchen floor. Cooking has been her main occupation since they left Timbuktu. Since they fled in fear for their lives.
The day the rebels came, Djélika was sitting in the classroom with the other students, as she always did. Listening carefully to the teacher. It was her favorite lesson, physics and chemistry. Then the gunshots started, startling the teenagers sitting in their neat rows behind their desks. The rebels weren’t far away. Their stray bullets were finding innocent victims in the small school building. Some students fainted, others hid, still others were hit—and a number died.
Djélika was pregnant at the time. A newly wed bride carrying her first son. She […]
De Caritas Suisse
Des groupes islamistes terrorisent le nord du Mali depuis des mois. Des centaines de milliers de civils ont pris la fuite. Caritas maintient ses projets au Mali et prévoit de renforcer son aide alimentaire, dont bénéficient également les réfugiés.
«Beaucoup de réfugiés du nord sont arrivés à Mopti. De nombreuses femmes et fillettes ont été violées par les islamistes et par les militaires basés à Sévaré, la garnison voisine», témoigne Sylvia Mollet, une ancienne collaboratrice de Caritas Suisse qui vit dans la capitale malienne. L’organisation partenaire de Caritas Danaya So s’est occupée des victimes à Mopti, proche de la ligne de front.
En plus du conflit armé, le pays subit encore les conséquences de la grande sécheresse : «Actuellement, 4,6 millions de personnes souffrent de la crise alimentaire au Mali, principalement au nord. Depuis l’occupation du nord du pays par des groupes d’islamistes, près de 200’000 civils se sont réfugiés dans le […]
The stability of Mali and its neighbours are at stake. Since early 2012, rebel forces have taken a huge area of land, starting in the north of the country and are now close to the capital, Bamako.
Military intervention led by France and with the support of African countries is underway.
Over 350,000 have fled their homes to go further south or to neighbouring countries since last year. Caritas Mali says that people urgently need shelter, food, water and hygiene articles.
“We’re tired, we’re very tired,” said Ibrahima Diallo, who fled south from his home near Timbuktu, in the north of the country.
Caritas in Mali has been working with Catholic Relief Services (a US member of Caritas) on development projects which have been continuing during the time of unrest.
The director of Caritas in the town of Mopti, which lies in the path of rebel advancement says,“Giving those who have been displaced somewhere […]
Par Ryan Worms Au Burkina Faso, l’OCADES (Caritas Burkina) et ses partenaires internationaux poursuivent la mise en œuvre du projet d’aide aux populations victimes de la crise alimentaire dans 10 des 13 régions du pays. L’intervention menée ces derniers mois offre une assistance vitale à des milliers de familles parmi les plus vulnérables face à la faim et aux conséquences de la mauvaise saison agricole passée.
By Alistair Dutton, Caritas Internationalis Humanitaian Director
After what has been a very trying and anxious time for the people of Burkina Faso this year, it is a great pleasure to be with them at harvest time. The rains have been much better than recent years and the country is buzzing with life; the ponds, lakes and reservoirs are full with copious water lilies in bloom; the land is lush and verdant, the animals are healthy and lively; the crops, those that haven’t been harvested yet at least, are tall and heavy with grain. The roads are full of motorbikes loaded up with crates of vegetables being taken to market, while lorries from Ghana trawl the villages to buy grain and vegetables to take down to the markets of Tamale, Kumasi and Accra.
Thanks to Caritas this year, Jean Baptiste Kinda is preparing to harvest his tomatoes, aubergines and other vegetables, […]