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    Central African Republic Church leaders call for immediate ceasefire

Central African Republic Church leaders call for immediate ceasefire

By |5 December 2013|

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.

Caritas to launch global wave of prayer to end hunger

By |29 November 2013|

The Caritas confederation will launch a global “wave of prayer” to promote an end to world hunger on 10th December. It marks the beginning of the Caritas anti-hunger campaign, One Human Family, Food For All. The wave starts on the island of Samoa and will sweep across the globe involving Caritas organisations and many other people on all continents.

Central African Republic: a photographers view

By |26 November 2013|

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.
  • Credit: Matthie Alexandre/Caritas
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    Hunger on the horizon as farmers in Central African Republic too scared to plant crops

Hunger on the horizon as farmers in Central African Republic too scared to plant crops

By |26 November 2013|

“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.”
  • Archbishop of Bangui, Dieudonne Nzapalainga (R), addresses the president of Muslim Community, Imam Omar Kobine Layama (L) and Protestant Reverend Nicolas Gueret Koyama (C) on November 8, 2013 in Bangui. Credit: Matthieu Alexandre/Caritas
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    Peace in Central African Republic: an archbishop, an imam and a pastor join forces

Peace in Central African Republic: an archbishop, an imam and a pastor join forces

By |26 November 2013|

Religious leaders have come together to try to bring peace in the Central African Republic. They face enormous challenges but have faith they can succeed.

Deadly silence over Central African Republic

By |26 November 2013|

I would like to ask the same question to world leaders: How many ears must you have before you can hear our cry?

Don’t abandon Central African Republic

By |26 November 2013|

Caritas has been able to provide some help in the form of blankets, mats and tools and distribute UN food aid. But the insecurity means it’s difficult to get aid through.

Burned out, empty villages in Central African Republic

By |26 November 2013|

Caritas is supporting the Catholic Church in the Central African Republic’s call for a UN peacekeeping force to be deployed under Chapter VII powers to maintain peace.
  • Internally Displaced Persons (IDP's) stand next to the Cathedral on November 9, 2013 in Bossangoa, 380 km north of Bangui. 41.000 IDP’s took shelter near the Cathedral following the mass exactions of September 8, 2013. Chaos followed the ouster of Francois Bozize earlier this year and reports of summary executions, looting and abuses against civilians have prompted international concern that the Central African Republic could become another Somali-style failed state. PHOTO / MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE
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    Bossangoa: a symbol of pain and suffering in Central African Republic

Bossangoa: a symbol of pain and suffering in Central African Republic

By |26 November 2013|

Caritas and the Church have been working hard to provide aid to the compound in Bossangoa, including blankets and food. But the insecurity and disorder makes that very difficult. Needs are acute and growing.

UN climate talks: Putting faith into action

By |21 November 2013|

Policy Officer Jo O'Neill reflects on a unique conference on faith communities attempts to tackle climate change and Poland's first ever Climate Mass.

Reflections from Central African Republic

By |15 November 2013|

While the crisis is only just beginning to register in the consciousness of the international community, for months now I’ve been reading reports from Caritas CAR, detailing the horrors faced by members of their parishes.

Central African Republic: a lost generation

By |30 October 2013|

Central African Republic has descended into anarchy after rebels seized power in March. The situation has recently deteriorated with popular militias being formed to defend the local population against the rebels,

A week is a long time in Central African Republic

By |27 September 2013|

Despite a decision to demobilize Seleka, its fighters keep causing trouble. In Bossangoa this week there have been more clashes and houses burnt down.
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    Caritas Kenya prays for the fate of the Westgate Mall hostages

Caritas Kenya prays for the fate of the Westgate Mall hostages

By |24 September 2013|

The Catholic Church has urged Kenyans to give donations to help victims and their families through this difficult and trying moments. Caritas Kenya responded immediately by donating 1,000 blood bags, 10,000 gloves, soft drinks, glucose and crates of bread to assist many Kenyans who responded to the call to donate blood at Uhuru Park.

Standing up for the people in Central African Republic

By |18 September 2013|

Fr Aurélio Gazzera is the local diocesan Caritas director in Bouar in Northern Central African Republic. On Sunday evening, I was making a visit to sick person in town when I was called over by a group of people. They took me to see a young man who’d been badly beaten after being arrested. Seleka fighters has stopped him in Bocaranga for no reason. They brought him to Bozoum, where he says he was imprisoned for 11 hours, beaten so badly he lost an eye and was left with his legs and arms paralyzed. His family had to pay 90.000 f CFA to take him to hospital. On Monday morning, a widower came to see me to ask for prayers for her son, who’d been similarly arrested and beaten. Again, he’d lost an eye and couldn’t move his arms. She was being asked for 150,000 fCFA to take him to hospital. I went [...]

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