February 2, 2010

One year on from the Georgia conflict

By |2 February 2010|

Once the war was over, Caritas started giving out food, hygiene kits and offering access to health care and counselling to help people deal with the trauma what they had gone through. This went on through the winter months and right up until May 2009.

November 3, 2008

A Week in the Life of an Aid Worker in Georgia

By |3 November 2008|

Laura Sheahen, an information officer for Catholic Relief Services (Caritas USA), was deployed to Georgia during the recent conflict. Here, she reflects on the first frantic week in the field.

Caritas Vice President in solidarity visit to Georgia

By |3 November 2008|

“People were not prepared for the Russians entering their homes. They just fled. They didn’t know where they were going. They didn’t know where they were going to stay.” Caritas Internationalis Vice President and President of Caritas Europe, Fr Erny Gillen, has just returned from a visit to Georgia where tens of thousands of people have fled their homes to escape recent conflict.

Aid reaches Georgia

By |3 November 2008|

“Then the bombs started falling from the planes,” said Lena, one of the 150,000 people made homeless by the conflict in Georgia. “We ran.” Most ran without food, clothing or shelter - just what they were wearing. Women and children, the sick and elderly were all forced from their homes as fighting broke out over the breakaway province of South Ossetia. The urgent needs are food, shelter, and health care. Caritas began working immediately, providing people caught on both sides of the conflict with food, clothes and other useful items, and will be flying in medical supplies. Support our work In Georgia, Caritas is working in four centres for people who’ve been displaced by the fighting. “In one of these centers, in the Olympia center, Caritas Georgia organized a soup kitchen. First day there were 258 people registered at this center. Today the number has been increased and the Soup kitchen staff prepared meals for [...]