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Caritas on Conflicts and Disasters

Conflicts and Disasters

An emergency can strike at any time, overwhelming the most vulnerable people and leaving them with nothing.

But there is Caritas, the helping arm of the Catholic Church. Caritas acts fast to save lives and livelihoods in emergencies.

Caritas has a unique worldwide network of more than 160 member organisations with the experience and skills to respond efficiently and effectively. Its strong roots – put down over decades – means Caritas is there both before the emergency and afterwards.

Caritas also looks to the future, investing in its emergency preparedness and response skills to face emergencies like floods or droughts. It is energetically focused on disaster risk reduction – which means taking steps to lessen the harm done by repeated natural disasters in the same country or area.

Caritas also forges dialogue to prevent the conflicts which cause suffering and loss and works to transform active conflicts into peaceful settlements.

“No more will violence be heard in your land, despoiling or breakdown within your boundaries.” (Isaiah 60:18)

Caritas Updates on Conflicts and Disasters

  • Fears grow over fate of Hassakeh in Syria

Fears grow over fate of Hassakeh in Syria

  • 26 June 2015
Caritas Syria president Msgr. Audo says fears are growing for people in Hassakeh as fighting spreads, causing families to flee and the Caritas office to close.
  • Human trafficking in crisis situations

Human trafficking in crisis situations

  • 26 June 2015
Human trafficking occurs in conflict situations since these situations weaken the government, increase poverty, and leave the vulnerable to fend for themselves.
  • Appeal of child orphaned by Ebola

Appeal of child orphaned by Ebola

  • 25 June 2015
Caritas was part of an event on the psychological needs of children whose parents had died of Ebola as the virsus swept three West African countries last year. Participants were moved by the words of one young girl.
  • Syrian refugees in dramatic need in Turkey

Syrian refugees in dramatic need in Turkey

  • 24 June 2015
Women and children refugees recently arrived from Syria to Turkey are living in extremely difficult conditions. Caritas is able to some aid but more is needed.
  • A normal day in Gaza

A normal day in Gaza

  • 23 June 2015
Sr Bridget Tighe is helping Caritas in Gaza respond to the needs of a people living in poverty and misery. She reflects on the 5th month of her mission.
Our key areas in Conflicts and Disasters
How Caritas works in Conflicts and Disasters

Caritas responds to emergencies across the globe, leads peacebuilding efforts in violence-ridden areas and helps local organisations prepare for potential disasters of all kinds. Read more about these programmes and activities here.

Resources
Emergency appeals
Caritas is currently accepting donation for relief for the following emergencies
Nepal
Iraq
Ebola
Syria
Recent emergencies