Conflicts and Disasters

UN conference on disaster risk reduction must put people first

UN conference on disaster risk reduction must put people first

Caritas says a major UN forum in Cancun, Mexico on how to better protect people from future disasters must put local communities first. Download Caritas statement. Over 5000 delegates from governments, aid agencies and the private sector will meet at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction conference from 24-26 May in Cancun. The forum comes ...

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Children face hunger crisis in Venezuela as malnutrition soars

Children face hunger crisis in Venezuela as malnutrition soars

Child malnutrition in parts of Venezuela is now at the level of a humanitarian crisis, warns a new report from the local Caritas agency. With the economy in freefall, shortages of food and medicine and soaring food prices, nearly half of children under five in areas monitored by Caritas are suffering from some degree of ...

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Hunger hits cattle herders in Somaliland

Hunger hits cattle herders in Somaliland

Somaliland is little known to most people. It is a self-declared republic, independent of Somalia, but recognised by no other state, including Somalia. It seems the people of Somaliland are suffering in obscurity. A few aid agencies are present, but not nearly enough to make a real difference. There are already reports that people are ...

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Cholera and famine strike Somalia and South Sudan

Cholera and famine strike Somalia and South Sudan

“We are overstretched and as we speak we are receiving more patients,” said Dr. Mohamed Dahir, who as a medical doctor in Somalia is struggling to cope with high levels of malnutrition. There is a massive influx of people into the region of Gedo in South Central Somalia where he works. They are fleeing drought. ...

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Life improves for Burundian refugees in Rwanda

Life improves for Burundian refugees in Rwanda

Madeleine Rwasa is over 70 years old. She fled Burundi after the unrest caused in 2015 by President Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term of office. Like around 50,000 other Burundians, she lives in the Mahama refugee camp in eastern Rwanda near the Tanzanian border. Madeleine Rwasa is alone. Her three grandchildren have abandoned ...

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Millions face hunger due to conflict in Africa’s Chad Basin

Millions face hunger due to conflict in Africa’s Chad Basin

Mathieu Kaldaoussa and his family have experienced the terror of Boko Haram first hand. They were forced to flee their village in Cameroon after repeated incursions from Boko Haram fighters. Three of his children were kidnapped. His children have still not been found and the 32-year-old and his wife and their four remaining children are ...

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Caritas supports victims of deadly Mocoa landslide, Colombia

Caritas supports victims of deadly Mocoa landslide, Colombia

Caritas is responding to a devastating landslide in Mocoa, south-west Colombia, which has left at least 290 people dead, over 300 still missing and 200 injured, in the worst disaster of its kind to hit the country since the 1980s. Caritas Colombia said, “At dawn on Saturday 1 April the Mocoa, Sangoyaco and Mulata rivers ...

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Syria conference must invest in future for refugees

Syria conference must invest in future for refugees

Caritas agencies call on western countries to do more to help fleeing Syrians, as more than five million people have been forced to cross borders and register as refugees in neighbouring countries. They warn that a Brussels Conference on Syria this week must prioritise mobilising funds for longer-term development for Syrian refugees. In a joint ...

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Caritas remembers its patron saint Blessed Oscar Romero

Caritas remembers its patron saint Blessed Oscar Romero

Blessed Óscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, was assassinated while celebrating the Eucharist on March 24, 1980. Bishop Gregorio Rosa Chávez, Archbishop of San Salvador and President of Cáritas El Salvador reminds us of his legacy. How did you meet Monsignor Romero? Monsignor Romero and I are originally from the same diocese, the diocese of ...

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