In 2015, almost a million refugees and migrants have crossed the Mediterranean from the Middle East and North Africa to Europe. They’re escaping war, persecution and poverty. Aid agencies like Caritas are often the only help available.
Massive food shortages, leaving millions of people hungry, and environmental degradation were two of the issues discussed during Ethiopia Catholic Church Partners’ annual coordination meeting was held on November 5-6, 2015 in Addis Ababa.
For a decade, Afghans have been the largest source country for refugees in the world, but this was overtaken by Syrian refugees in 2014. Yet, the numbers of Afghan entering Europe is still on the rise, making up twenty per cent of all refugees.
The Philippines are made up of around 7000 islands – which means that water is never far away. But finding fresh water for drinking and domestic use was a real struggle for many poor communities even before Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.