February 25, 2016

Kidnapped family of Caritas Syria worker freed

By |25 February 2016|

On the 22 February 2015, the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) attacked villages along the Khabour river in northern Syria. They kidnapped around 230 Assyrian Christians, including the family of a Caritas Syria staff member. They have just been released along with all the other hostages.

Refugees and migrants on the Greek border with Macedonia

By |24 February 2016|

More than 930,000 refugees arrived in Greece in the past 12 months. Last year several thousand people were crossing the border at Idomeni every day but now there are tight restrictions.

Fear and hunger stalk Burundi

By |23 February 2016|

Burundi has been on edge since April 2015 when its president, Pierre Nkurunziza, decided to run for a controversial third term in office. The political drama sparked bloody street protests, a failed coup attempt and plunged the country into its worst crisis since the end of a civil war in 2005.

Faith and religion in humanitarian action

By |22 February 2016|

Humanitarian system of donors and UN agencies fails too often to respect or engage with local organisations, including faith leadership and institutions. They tend to lead from the top rather than valuing the experience and practices of those who are already working in communities.

Caritas ready as Cyclone Winston hits Fiji

By |21 February 2016|

The impact of Cyclone Winston on Fiji has been severe as the Pacific nation was lashed with very destructive hurricane force winds Saturday gusting to 300 kmph. The storm had earlier hit Tonga, where Caritas is now delivering aid.

Syrian refugees in Lebanon need shelter

By |18 February 2016|

Caritas interviewed 288 Syrian refugee families in Beirut, Tripoli, and Saida. It found that refugee households paid an average $291 in rent and were forced to spend an average three-quarters (76%) of their total income on rental.

Alarm as Ethiopian drought worsens

By |12 February 2016|

As Ethiopia’s long-running drought worsens, more than 10.2 million people now need food assistance for their survival and 48,000 children under five are suffering from severe malnutrition.
  • Trauma, nightmares among Syrican refugee children in Lebanon. Photo by Khaury/CLMC
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    Caritas urges more action to protect mental health of child refugees from Syria

Caritas urges more action to protect mental health of child refugees from Syria

By |4 February 2016|

More than half of the Syrian refugees (56%) in Lebanon are under 18. While only one in ten was injured in the conflict before arriving in Lebanon, many of the child refugees show symptoms of trauma, including flashbacks and nightmares.

January 28, 2016

Throwing a lifeline to Darfur

By |28 January 2016|

The needs of those displaced or who have been affected by the conflict in Darfur are great and wide-ranging. They range from basic needs such as water and shelter and access to health facilities but also to longer-term needs such as education and retraining and rebuilding their livelihoods.

An appeal to end the suffering in Syria

By |21 January 2016|

We – leaders of humanitarian organisations and UN agencies - appeal not only to governments but to each of you - citizens around the world – to add your voices in urging an end to the carnage. To urge that all parties reach agreement on a ceasefire and a path to peace.

Helping South Sudan build a future

By |20 January 2016|

By September 2015, 7.5 million people – nearly two in every three people in South Sudan were going hungry. Half of those people were suffering from severe hunger. Caritas is launching a €2.1 million euro emergency appeal for funds that will help alleviate hunger for the entirety of 2016.

Caritas worker in Syria, refugee in Europe

By |8 January 2016|

Modar used to work for Caritas in Syria helping people who were fleeing conflict. When life became too dangerous, he left for Europe. He describes his work, the terrible journey and coming to terms with being a refugee.

Tragedy in Niger for people fleeing Boko Haram

By |5 January 2016|

Caritas says people fleeing Boko Haram fighters are facing a “tragedy” in Niger. Tens of thousands of people are living under trees or out in the open after escaping from their towns and villages in the wake of the fundamentalist insurgent advances.

December 31, 2015

Message on World Day of Peace from Syria

By |31 December 2015|

President of Caritas Syria Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo calls for peace in Syria as Caritas Internationalis looks to launch a global campaign.

Christmas lunch with refugees in Belgrade

By |28 December 2015|

Caritas staff and volunteers joined migrants and refugees in an asylum centre in Belgrade to celebrate lunch on Christmas Day.

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