August 8, 2014

Darfur: A day in the life

By |8 August 2014|

For the last ten years Caritas's partner Norwegian Church Aid(NCA) have been at the forefront of running life-line services for camp residents. Babiker, an NCA aid worker, who comes from the area, takes us through a typical day's work.

Darfur ten years after

By |6 August 2014|

Ten years since the conflict began in Darfur 1.4 million people are still living in camps. CAFOD’s Nana Anto-Awuakye has recently returned from Darfur and shares her reflections on what life is like for Darfur’s camp communities.

Darfur voices: Farming hands

By |4 August 2014|

People are finding it increasingly difficult to return to their villages because of the ongoing conflict between government and rebel groups and the inter-ethnic fighting between tribes, and so they are doing what they can to make a life for themselves inside the camps.

Darfur voices: Vulnerable families

By |4 August 2014|

Caritas’s partner Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) provided vulnerable families like *Rawia's with household items.

Darfur voices: Providing water

By |4 August 2014|

One of the great successes of NCA’s incredible ten-year, humanitarian programme in Darfur is how together with residents, the organisation brought water to the camp.

Darfur voices: New arrivals

By |4 August 2014|

The UN reports that in the first half of 2013, there was a surge in the number of people fleeing violence, and finding refuge inside Darfur's permanent camps. This is more than the number of people fleeing in the previous two years.

Darfur voices: The midwife

By |4 August 2014|

Hassa Hissa camp in Sudan’s Central Darfur region hosts just over 60,000 people. The clinic is a very important building inside the camp as its services reach out to the host communities as well as those living inside the camps.

May 9, 2014

Reaching desperate families in South Sudan

By |9 May 2014|

Caritas is reaching thousands of people in South Sudan with aid. In Agok, on the border with Sudan, women recieved shelter and household kits so they don't have to sleep in the open.

Church hospital bombed in Nuba Mountains in Sudan

By |5 May 2014|

The Mother of Mercy Catholic Hospital, the last remaining hospital in Sudan's Nuba Mountains, has been bombed by planes. The local bishop has strongly condemned the attacks.

April 8, 2014

Lifeline to Sudan’s beseiged Nuba Mountains

By |8 April 2014|

Caritas supports a hospital in the isolated and cut-off Nuba Mountains in Sudan. Conflict has left the region facing a food emergency with one in five households affected.

March 8, 2013

A Decade in Darfur: Caring for the Sick

By |8 March 2013|

Ten years ago, when thousands of families first crowded into Darfur’s camps, there were few medical options. Many turned to hit-or-miss traditional remedies, or simply hoped for the best. For life-threatening problems like scorpion stings, difficult childbirth, and malaria, camp residents were at the mercy of fate.

February 21, 2013

The Least of These: Helping Leprosy Patients in Darfur

By |21 February 2013|

The NCA programme also teaches people how to recognize the signs of leprosy quickly, because if the disease is caught early on, it can be stopped in its tracks. Since the training, medical assistants have identified new cases and patients have started treatment with tablets provided by the government.

A Decade in Darfur: Mothers and Children at Risk

By |21 February 2013|

With thousands of others, Nawal escaped to one of Sudan’s camps for displaced people. They were safer there, but could no longer earn a living by farming. Some camp residents do tasks like brickmaking, making enough money to buy the day’s kilo or two of grain.

A Decade in Darfur: Healing Relationships

By |21 February 2013|

“When I entered my farm, it was so pretty that I was singing.” Abubakar, a 37-year-old father of ten, was happy with the rainy season in Darfur in mid-2012. “I saw I’d have a good harvest.” Abubakar had put a lot of work into his crops of groundnuts, millet, maize and okra. “At the beginning of the season, I peeled the groundnuts to plant. It’s hard to shell so many. My fingers hurt and were swollen,” he remembers. “I worked on the farm for hours each day. I sweat so much my clothes were soaked.” Not far away, thousands of livestock herders in Sudan were also working hard to keep their animals healthy and find food for them. “During the rainy season, nomads move from south to north,” says Mohammed Abdelkarem, a programme officer with Norwegian Church Aid (NCA), an implementing partner of Caritas. “On the journey, they pass through farming [...]

A decade in Darfur: Call me Actcaritas

By |6 February 2013|

Seldom has a joint programme between aid agencies made such a personal impression on an employee, but the partnership of ACT Alliance and Caritas—Protestants and Catholics helping Darfur--struck a cord with an aid worker in the region. Here, he describes why he likes his nickname. My real first name is Abakar. But everyone calls me “Actcaritas.” I like it. When I go to the camps for displaced people, they all call me “Actcaritas.” My real name is lost. I am logistics fleet assistant. I buy diesel in the market and take it to the camps. We use it to run the water systems, so the people have water. We used to need 30 drums of fuel for all the camps. Now that the programme has built solar-powered water stations, we use less fuel. ACT/Caritas has supported NCA [Norwegian Church Aid] for a long time in Darfur. There were always very strong here. [...]

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