Ten years since the conflict began in Darfur 1.4 million people are still living in camps. CAFOD’s Nana Anto-Awuakye has recently returned from Darfur and shares her reflections on what life is like for Darfur’s camp communities.
People are finding it increasingly difficult to return to their villages because of the ongoing conflict between government and rebel groups and the inter-ethnic fighting between tribes, and so they are doing what they can to make a life for themselves inside the camps.
The UN reports that in the first half of 2013, there was a surge in the number of people fleeing violence, and finding refuge inside Darfur's permanent camps. This is more than the number of people fleeing in the previous two years.
Hassa Hissa camp in Sudan’s Central Darfur region hosts just over 60,000 people. The clinic is a very important building inside the camp as its services reach out to the host communities as well as those living inside the camps.
Caritas on the front lines of Africa’s Ebola crisis. Caritas reaches out to people who are particularly at risk: “restaurant workers, taxi drivers, hotel staff, markets, places where people gather,” said Edward John-Bull of Caritas Sierra Leone.
The Israeli offensive in Gaza continues, with civilian casualties, destruction of buildings, damage to infrastructure and internal displacement continuing to rise. During a short ceasefire, CRS reached families whose homes had been totally destroyed.
Jalila Ayyad, the first Christian casualty in the conflict in Gaza, died in her home yesterday when a shell hit. One of her sons, Jeries, is in hospital with serious wounds. Caritas Jerusalem is trying to evacuate him out of Gaza to East Jerusalem.
New technologies offer hope to sick people living in poverty. At an AIDS conference in Melbourne, Australia, four scientists associated with Catholic institutions discussed ways to measure HIV infections and treat them.
UNAIDS is moving from a strategy of ‘zero new infections, zero AIDS-related deaths, zero discrimination’ to one where 9 out of ten people who are living with HIV know their status, receive therapy and that the virus is surpressed in their bodies.