May 24, 2012

Italian quake victims have confidence in solidarity

By |24 May 2012|

Caritas Italy continues to respond to families left homeless by the magnitude-6.0 earthquake that shook northern Italy last weekend. The quake was the worst to hit the country since the L’Aquila tremor killed nearly 300 people in central Italy in 2009. Don Francis Soddu, director of Caritas Italiana, has been visiting the affected area, the dioceses are most affected are Modena, Bologna and Ferrara. Soddu stresses that Caritas’ existing network of relationships helped it get involved immediately through the local dioceses. “People have confidence in solidarity here. The network of charity in Italy has always mobilized and been a source of generosity and good will.” In the area of Emilia-Romagna, Caritas is setting up a center to match people’s needs with what has been given. Volunteers are talking to the affected people and finding out what is most urgently needed. Caritas Italy reports that there is still much fear about aftershocks. [...]

Caritas to respond to earthquake in Italy

By |20 May 2012|

An earthquake in northern Italy has killed at least seven people, caused serious damage to buildings in several towns and left about 3000 people homeless. The magnitude-6.0 quake struck in the middle of Saturday night, about 35km north of the city of Bologna. Caritas Italy’s Director Don Francesco Soddu immediately traveled to the affected area. He said, “We’re close to the people in prayer and to particular the families of the victims. We will support the local church in providing aid.” Pope Benedict XVI said that he was “spiritually close to those affected by this calamity" during his regular Sunday Angelus greeting in St. Peter’s Square. Don Soddu discussed the response with local Caritas staff, inculding the directors of Caritas Emilia-Romagna, Modena and Bologna and Arcbishop Paolo Rabitti of Ferrara-Comacchio. Local Caritas staff members are ready to provide shelter and first aid. The quake was the worst to hit the country since the L'Aquila [...]

Plight of immigrants the focus of “Migramed” conference

By |18 May 2012|

Every year, thousands of desperate migrants from Africa cross the Mediterranean, hoping to reach southern Europe. Caritas is focusing on their needs at the Migramed conference, held this week in Cagliari, Italy. Before trying to cross the Mediterranean, many of these migrants have already spent months travelling through Africa, often fleeing violence, poverty or hunger. They embark from Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco and Algeria, with some migrants detained for long periods in Libyan prisons before leaving for Italy or Malta. Their boat trips frequently fail. Some die in the sea, victims of bad weather. Others are sent back to their transit country after being intercepted by the Italian or Libyan navy.

Future without Hunger – Congress on Global Hunger

By |15 May 2012|

Caritas is hosting a congress on Global Hunger and Sustainable Food Security - 1st and 2nd of June 2012 in Vienna Live stream from the Future without Hunger Conference. Cardinal Rodriguez about to speak. | Read the key note speech by Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga (pdf) 925 million people worldwide are starving. Every 12 seconds, a child dies of hunger. Hunger is not a natural event; it has social, economic and political causes. It is a global tragedy, more so because it is avoidable. Through this congress, Caritas is uniting people to start fighting together against hunger. The event will gather public authorities and decision-makers, academics, journalists and civil society representatives from the whole world. It will discuss all the challenges to food security today, such as the chronic causes of global hunger, global agricultural trade, armed conflicts, the effectiveness of development aid, food price speculation, land grabbing and agro-fuel policies, climate change, food waste, sustainable lifestyles [...]

April 26, 2012

Conflict in Syria

By |26 April 2012|

An uprising against the Syrian government and the President Bashar al-Assad has left 9000 people dead since fighting broke out in March 2011. Tens of thousands of people have fled their homes. Many have sought safety in neighbouring countries such as Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, others remain in Syria. Conditions within Syria and for the refugees who have fled are bleak. They need food, shelter and medical assistance. Children need educational support and adults don’t have access to employment. Caritas staff members are providing aid both within Syria and to those refugees who have fled in Jordan and Lebanon. Caritas Turkey is also willing to respond. Pope Benedict’s Holy Thursday Mass collection went to Caritas Syria for humanitarian assistance to Syrian’s forced from their homes because of the conflict. "Particularly in Syria, may there be an end to bloodshed and an immediate commitment to the path of respect, dialogue and reconciliation, as called for [...]
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    Caritas pays tribute to champion of migrants in Rome, killed in traffic accident

Caritas pays tribute to champion of migrants in Rome, killed in traffic accident

By |16 April 2012|

Caritas friend and colleague Lê Quyên Ngô Ðình died this morning in a traffic accident in Rome when her vehicle was involved in collision with a school bus. She was 53. Lê Quyên led Caritas Rome’s work with migrants and had a wider role influencing Caritas policy on migration at an international level. She was well known across the Caritas confederation. Colleagues from across the world remembered her for her dedication to the poor. Caritas Internationalis Director of Policy and Advocacy Martina Liebsch worked closely with Lê Quyên. She said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends and with the staff of Caritas Rome. “Lê Quyên was a refugee herself. Her own experiences always showed in the love and hard work she showed towards other refugees she helped. She was motivated by great faith, by courage, hard work and by speaking truth to power. She was a […]

March 1, 2012

Caritas responds to winter emergency in Eastern Europe

By |1 March 2012|

Severe winter conditions have left hundreds of thousands isolated in Eastern European villages, without access to food and basic services. Thousands of families are facing great difficulties in assuring proper living conditions, especially heating, in their homes. There is also a high risk of floods following the period of cold weather and heavy snowfall. Caritas members throughout Europe have joined forces to help 2700 affected people in Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia. Families will receive items like food packages, hygienic kits, bedding, firewood, and more. Read about the response

February 27, 2012

U-turn Ukraine: There’s no place like home

By |27 February 2012|

Oxana had left Ukraine to join her husband. He had gone to Brussels to look for work after being made redundant and with the lack of job opportunities at home.

Northern Uganda: Rebuilding Lives, Creating Futures

By |23 February 2012|

This film tells the story of a small community of 16 families that were forced to rebuild their lives following an attack by Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army in 2004. It is a story of hope.
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    As the crisis in Greece worsens, Caritas helps Athens’ immigrants

As the crisis in Greece worsens, Caritas helps Athens’ immigrants

By |17 February 2012|

Caritas Greece is working hard to help people who are suffering from the country’s financial difficulties. At a refugee centre for immigrants living in and near Athens, Caritas serves 300 meals a day, offers Greek and English lessons, provides vaccinations for children, and gives out relief kits with clothes, blankets and baby milk.

Will street children in Ukraine survive the cold?

By |16 February 2012|

Caritas Ukraine continues to tackle the increasing number of homeless children, one of the country’s biggest sociological problems, who are now facing a harsh winter.

Tackling human trafficking

By |13 February 2012|

Throughout the world, criminals exploit poor or desperate people. Traffickers offer them jobs that don’t exist and take them from their homes before selling them into unpaid prostitution, beggary, or forced labour.

December 23, 2011

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    In Haiti’s Port-au-Prince, Cordaid is helping communities to reinvent their neighbourhoods

In Haiti’s Port-au-Prince, Cordaid is helping communities to reinvent their neighbourhoods

By |23 December 2011|

Around 100 families like Bénisette's have benefited from Cordaid's assistance in rebuilding or repairing their houses. Henk Meijerink is head of the shelter building programme at Cordaid. "More than 2,000 families are affected in Villa Rosa.

November 28, 2011

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    As winter sets in, Caritas Turkey helps quake victims stay warm

As winter sets in, Caritas Turkey helps quake victims stay warm

By |28 November 2011|

Caritas Turkey continues to help people made homeless by two earthquakes in the east of the country. After a second quake struck in early November, thousands of buildings slightly damaged by the October quake became uninhabitable. Many of the residents of the city of Van have fled to other parts of Turkey, but those without means to flee have stayed behind, in many cases without proper shelter or heating. “Van is a very poor area, and right now the temperate is dropping to -12 C at night,” says Belinda Mumcu of Caritas Turkey. “There are thousands of people living in the cold, staying in overcrowded tents.” “There is a general distrust of buildings, and so people are staying outdoors,” she continues. “Our Caritas field team notices that even in villages without any significant damage, the inhabitants camp outside.” Caritas initially distributed diapers, baby food, plastic sheets, coats for children, and […]

October 24, 2011

Caritas team heads to Turkey quake site

By |24 October 2011|

Read in French Update from Caritas Turkey team : The earthquake that hit Van region last Sunday was very severe. The region is not easily accessible, so transportation and distribution of aid items is complicated. Many people lost their homes and at night the temperature drops below zero. We already sent 1200 sleeping bags that we had in stock. As a first response, we will send blankets, coats, plastic sheeting and other items. We’ll do an assessment to understand the needs in the villages, and will continue closely monitoring developments. --- A Caritas Turkey team is en route to a region that was hit by a powerful earthquake on Sunday. The quake, which occurred in an eastern province of Turkey, killed over 200 people in cities there and brought down dozens of buildings. Caritas will assess the needs of people whose homes or livelihoods have been impacted by the quake. Access to the area’s [...]

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