Help Senegal battle hunger

By |15 April 2014|

Almost a fifth of households in Senegal are going hungry. The situation is predicted to worsen over the next few months.

Hunger in Niger could double without action

By |14 April 2014|

Caritas has launched an appeal for funds in Niger where over 4 million people are going hungry because of food shortages. It aims to raise 3 million euro (US$4.2 million) so the people of Niger will have food.
  • Bishop Laurent Lompo and Raymond Yoro of Caritas Niger. Credit: Caritas
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    Niger bishop on the effect of hunger on his life and his country

Niger bishop on the effect of hunger on his life and his country

By |14 April 2014|

There are four million people who are desperately hungry in Niger now after poor rains which affected the harvest. If we don’t do anything, that will double to seven million within two months. That’s half the population of the entire country.

Malian refugees in Burkina Faso get solar cookers

By |7 April 2014|

Caritas has been helping Malian refugees in Burkina Faso make the most of the region’s scorching heat by providing solar cookers.

Food for hope in Mali

By |2 August 2013|

The EA program 38 which has since January 2013 began with the reinforcement of capacity building of Caritas Sahel (Burkina Faso, Niger, Senegal and Mali), with the aim to provide an effective emergency response and coordinated directly or indirectly people affected by the conflict in Mali.

Malian refugees find peace in Burkina Faso

By |26 March 2013|

Since February last year, thousands of Tuaregs have crossed the border from Mali to Burkina Faso to settle in makeshift camps, such as Mentao, 300 km north of the capital, Ouagadougou.

Mali Crisis: A young mother’s story

By |21 February 2013|

By Helen Blakesley

Djélika Haïdara pushes a plaited braid off her face and hitches her five month-old son higher onto her hip. She leans down to look into the metal pot that’s simmering on the wood stoked stove, placed on the kitchen floor. Cooking has been her main occupation since they left Timbuktu. Since they fled in fear for their lives.

The day the rebels came, Djélika was sitting in the classroom with the other students, as she always did. Listening carefully to the teacher. It was her favorite lesson, physics and chemistry. Then the gunshots started, startling the teenagers sitting in their neat rows behind their desks. The rebels weren’t far away. Their stray bullets were finding innocent victims in the small school building. Some students fainted, others hid, still others were hit—and a number died.

Djélika was pregnant at the time. A newly wed bride carrying her first son. She […]

Creative solutions to helping Malian refugees in Niger

By |8 February 2013|

CADEV, Caritas Niger is working in four camps helping 18,000 Malian refugees. They fled there after rebels seized the north of Mali last year, triggering a flow of refugees in Africa’s Sahel region. Caritas Niger is registering an increase of refuges since the French military intervention in January.

Refugees in Burkina help save ecology

By |31 January 2013|

The refugees are arriving in semi-desert areas of neighbouring countries, where populations already struggle to cope with lack of food and resources. This wave of people puts huge pressure on the local environment driven by the increased demand for firewood and pasture for livestock.

Q and A on Mali conflict

By |31 January 2013|

The president of Caritas Mali, Archbishop Jean Zerbo of Bamako, has asked for a humanitarian corridor to be opened to help those who have found themselves cut off by the conflict. Caritas is helping families in Mali cover their basic needs by providing food, shelter and help with healthcare and school fees.

Aide au Mali

By |18 January 2013|

De Caritas Suisse

Des groupes islamistes terrorisent le nord du Mali depuis des mois. Des centaines de milliers de civils ont pris la fuite. Caritas maintient ses projets au Mali et prévoit de renforcer son aide alimentaire, dont bénéficient également les réfugiés.

«Beaucoup de réfugiés du nord sont arrivés à Mopti. De nombreuses femmes et fillettes ont été violées par les islamistes et par les militaires basés à Sévaré, la garnison voisine», témoigne Sylvia Mollet, une ancienne collaboratrice de Caritas Suisse qui vit dans la capitale malienne. L’organisation partenaire de Caritas Danaya So s’est occupée des victimes à Mopti, proche de la ligne de front.

En plus du conflit armé, le pays subit encore les conséquences de la grande sécheresse : «Actuellement, 4,6 millions de personnes souffrent de la crise alimentaire au Mali, principalement au nord. Depuis l’occupation du nord du pays par des groupes d’islamistes, près de 200’000 civils se sont réfugiés dans le […]

Malians fleeing for their lives

By |16 January 2013|

The stability of Mali and its neighbours are at stake. Since early 2012, rebel forces have taken a huge area of land, starting in the north of the country and are now close to the capital, Bamako.

Military intervention led by France and with the support of African countries is underway.

Over 350,000 have fled their homes to go further south or to neighbouring countries since last year. Caritas Mali says that people urgently need shelter, food, water and hygiene articles.

“We’re tired, we’re very tired,” said Ibrahima Diallo, who fled south from his home near Timbuktu, in the north of the country.

Caritas in Mali has been working with Catholic Relief Services (a US member of Caritas) on development projects which have been continuing during the time of unrest.

The director of Caritas in the town of Mopti, which lies in the path of rebel advancement says,“Giving those who have been displaced somewhere […]

Promesse de bonnes récoltes au Burkina Faso

By |7 November 2012|

Par Ryan Worms Au Burkina Faso, l’OCADES (Caritas Burkina) et ses partenaires internationaux poursuivent la mise en œuvre du projet d’aide aux populations victimes de la crise alimentaire dans 10 des 13 régions du pays. L’intervention menée ces derniers mois offre une assistance vitale à des milliers de familles parmi les plus vulnérables face à la faim et aux conséquences de la mauvaise saison agricole passée.

Harvest time in Burkina Faso

By |5 November 2012|

By Alistair Dutton, Caritas Internationalis Humanitaian Director

After what has been a very trying and anxious time for the people of Burkina Faso this year, it is a great pleasure to be with them at harvest time. The rains have been much better than recent years and the country is buzzing with life; the ponds, lakes and reservoirs are full with copious water lilies in bloom; the land is lush and verdant, the animals are healthy and lively; the crops, those that haven’t been harvested yet at least, are tall and heavy with grain. The roads are full of motorbikes loaded up with crates of vegetables being taken to market, while lorries from Ghana trawl the villages to buy grain and vegetables to take down to the markets of Tamale, Kumasi and Accra.

Thanks to Caritas this year, Jean Baptiste Kinda is preparing to harvest his tomatoes, aubergines and other vegetables, […]

Tide turns in Kreghané, Chad

By |30 October 2012|

In August 2011, when it stopped raining during the days of cultivation of the land, not all grain was sown. The amount of grain that grew during the following weeks was a lot less than during a normal year. Cornfields have also been plagued by the locusts just before harvest time.

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