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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

  • Ebola crisis calls for greater response

Ebola crisis calls for greater response

  • 28 October 2014
Caritas and Catholic Church leaders will meet on 4 November in Rome to discuss scaling up their actions in response to the humanitarian crisis caused by the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.
  • Left behind: Iraqi refugees in Lebanon

Left behind: Iraqi refugees in Lebanon

  • 21 October 2014
Iraqi refugees who fled to Lebanon after the 2003 US-led military invasion risk being “left behind” according to a new Caritas Lebanon study.
  • Cocoa companies support Ebola response

Cocoa companies support Ebola response

  • 15 October 2014
The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) has announced a donation of $600,000 to support Ebola care and prevention efforts being carried out in West Africa by Caritas and the IFRC.
  • Act now to stop famine in South Sudan

Act now to stop famine in South Sudan

  • 15 October 2014
Caritas has launched an emergency appeal for €2.5 million, (US$3 million) to help over 50,000 of the neediest people as severe food crisis looms in early 2015.
  • Child migrant legal rights in Lebanon

Child migrant legal rights in Lebanon

  • 13 October 2014
Caritas Lebanon advocates to protect the rights of the migrant children in Lebanon. It works on their legal status and their right to education.
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
Iraq
Ebola
Syria
Recent emergencies