Emergencies in Darfur and South Sudan

A Decade in Darfur: Voices from the Camps

A Decade in Darfur: Voices from the Camps

In Darfur, hundreds of thousands of people who fled violence now live in camps for displaced people. Life is difficult in the camps, but families receive support from health, water, and other programmes funded by ACT Alliance and Caritas.

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Ten years on, Darfuris still arriving at camps

Ten years on, Darfuris still arriving at camps

Eight months pregnant and carrying a child on her back, Miriam Ibrahim urged her other two children on: ‘“Walk quickly.” For three days, the family had no food as they trekked across the hot, sandy dirt of western Sudan, encountering snakes and wild animals. They slept under trees. The ground burned and there were thorns; ...

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The Least of These: Helping Leprosy Patients in Darfur

The Least of These: Helping Leprosy Patients in Darfur

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.

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A decade in Darfur: Call me Actcaritas

A decade in Darfur: Call me Actcaritas

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 ...

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A decade in Darfur: challenges and progress

A decade in Darfur: challenges and progress

By Laura Sheahen “When we first came here, we were getting water from the valley, seven kilometers away.” Muhammad is a long-time resident of a camp in Darfur for people who fled violence. He remembers what it was like nearly a decade ago, when thousands of desperate people first arrived. “Farmers were settled closer to ...

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South Sudan one year on

South Sudan one year on

South Sudan became the world’s newest nation on 9 July 2011. Twelve months later, we celebrate the achievements of the people and churches of South Sudan and of Caritas South Sudan and its Caritas partners in working towards peace and development. The challenge has been huge. South Sudan has started life as one of the ...

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Forced marriage vs. school: helping South Sudan’s girls

Forced marriage vs. school: helping South Sudan’s girls

By Laura Sheahen “Some girls run here and tell Sr Pasquina that their family wants to marry them off by force.” Rita Amone is talking about young women in Isoke, a small town in the southeastern corner of South Sudan. At the primary school where Amone is a teacher, girls go to school. But the ...

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South Sudan’s lost generation comes home

South Sudan’s lost generation comes home

“There was bombing and shelling, soldiers. My children kept saying, ‘What’s happening?’” Nyanareng, a 28-year-old mother of four, didn’t have time for long explanations when violence struck Abyei, a disputed border town between Sudan and South Sudan. She just told her children to run. “We walked five days on foot. We’d dig in the ground ...

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South Sudan marks 1st anniversary in its long journey to development

South Sudan marks 1st anniversary in its long journey to development

On the road in South Sudan, landmine warnings flash by and demining groups work on unexploded bombs left over from war. But in a vehicle full of Caritas workers, the passengers are more worried about the insects flying around. Are they mosquitoes? Tsetse flies? The vehicle splashes through puddles where snails and worms live that ...

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