We have to work against the indifference that assigns culpability to others and absolves us of every wrongdoing. The onus therefore lies on everyone to do something to combat and prevent this modern day slavery.
Pope Francis throws open a challenge to leaders of states and governments to go beyond making the UN a mere chatter house and to not fall into ‘a declarational nominalism’, where the fashion is to always make declarations ‘without teeth’.
More than a million Nigerians have fled fanatically violent attacks by the Islamic militant group Boko Haram. These displaced families have relied on Catholic Church and other aid groups for basic necessities
More than 18 million people in West Africa’s Sahel region don’t have enough food.
A bad harvest last year and high food prices have caused a widespread food crisis across Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Chad, Senegal, parts of Nigeria and Gambia.
A crisis has erupted in Sokoto after presidential elections ended in violence. The conflict has caused the destruction of lives and property worth millions of naira. Some of the people are displaced from their homes and their means of livelihood taken away owing to the destruction that has taken place.
The killing of hundreds of people around the Nigerian city of Jos has terrorised the local population. Caritas is running peacebuilding programmes and providing aid to those caught in the ongoing conflict, but say more needs to be done to provide security.