Caritas aids families caught in Iraq conflict

By |1 July 2014|

Heavy clashes in northern Iraq have sparked a humanitarian crisis. Caritas Iraq is helping families with food, bedding and hugiene kits as they seek shelter in churches, mosques and with relatives.

A Synod for the Middle East

By |7 July 2011|

Recognising the need for a way for ward in peace and reconciliation, the first synod specifically dedicated to the Middle East was convened in October. Representatives from Caritas Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon and Joseph Farah, the President of Caritas Middle East and North Africa (MONA) took part.

Remembering Caritas Iraq’s fallen heroes

By |25 November 2010|

The Caritas Iraq’s approach to poverty and conflict in the country includes a community volunteer programme. Caritas Iraq also runs peacebuilding projects bringing Christian and Muslim people together in a safe environment to share experiences.
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    Quiet Tragedy: Refugee Family Flees Iraq in Search of Help for Daughter

Quiet Tragedy: Refugee Family Flees Iraq in Search of Help for Daughter

By |29 August 2010|

Caritas is also providing some financial help to offset the costs of the medicines Hanine must take daily. At $90 each month, it is a sum far beyond the reach of Adnan, who has managed only 10 days of work as an illegal laborer.

A lifeline for Iraqi refugees in Turkey

By |23 June 2010|

“I was told to leave my country or die,” said Sanaa*. “They didn’t say why.” So in 2009, Sanaa left all she had worked for in Baghdad to go and live in Istanbul. She had friends in the Turkish capital, but nothing else. “Things are hard here. I left behind my house, my friends, my family and my job. I was a dentist in Iraq but I don’t have a job in Turkey because the language is very difficult,” said Sanaa. “I’m zero here. I don’t know what my future is. I depend on myself for everything. Before, my family used to help me,” she said. Caritas Turkey supports Iraqi refugees through theWomen’s Solidarity Group in Istanbul. The group is a lifeline for Iraqi women, for whom the challenges of being alone in a new country are enormous. It helps them tackle their sense of alienation and offers an environment in which [...]

Baghdad’s beehive: a day in the life of Caritas Iraq

By |30 March 2010|

Caritas centres are dotted across the poorer areas of Baghdad. The typical working day of a Caritas employee begins with traffic jams, road checkpoints, closed streets, and, in some cases, bomb explosions. It takes some workers up to two hours to get to the centres, although they live less than 10 km away. They need to get an early start to be there at the daily staff meeting at 8 a.m. “We have to discuss the day, talk about current projects and possible improvements. There is no time for that in the day,” said Aasera*, a staff member. Shortly after, people start to come. Mothers with their babies need a doctor’s consultation. They also come to learn about living healthy lives. Elderly people want to get a warm meal and socialize. Children are eager to play and learn. There are orphans, disabled, widows or victims of violence. “The place is always very [...]

A firm foundation in life for the babies of Iraq

By |2 December 2009|

When Caritas Iraq was founded in 1992, the first Gulf War had recently ended and the country was under international sanctions. Seventeen years, one invasion, much violence and heartache later, accessing food, water and basic services is still an enormous challenge for some of Iraq’s population. “Before the sanctions, people had access to social and health services and even though infrastructure was archaic, it was working. Now it isn’t working,” says Archbishop Jean Sleiman, President of Caritas Iraq, on a visit to Caritas Internationalis’ Vatican City offices. Young children in particular are at risk from malnutrition and ill health if they can’t access food and adequate medical care.  Caritas Iraq tackles potential child health problems with its well baby programme. The programme is currently helping 6000 mothers and around 10,000 children by providing them with food baskets, medical and psychological support.  Child malnutrition stands at around 22 percent in Iraq and the food [...]

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