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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

  • Aid reaching flood-hit Pakistan

Aid reaching flood-hit Pakistan

  • 18 August 2015
As heavy rains hit Pakistan, we hear the story of Lucia Bibi, who was buried alive with her children after the thatched roof of her house collapsed during a heavy downpour. Find out how Caritas is helping.
  • Questions and Answers with CAR’s Archbisop Dieudonné Nzapalainga

Questions and Answers with CAR’s Archbisop Dieudonné Nzapalainga

  • 17 August 2015
The Caritas-backed Interfaith Peace Platform aimed at ending conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) is the recipient of the 2015 Sergio Vieira de Mello Prize. Archbishop of Bangui, Mgr. Dieudonné Nzapalainga, President of Caritas Central Africa, will be among the recipients.
  • Kidnappings in Quaryatayn in Syria

Kidnappings in Quaryatayn in Syria

  • 11 August 2015
Syria is being destroyed, day by day, village by village. Raqqa, Idlib, Palmyra and Assyrian villages in Al-Khabour have fallen to Jihadist and fanatic groups. Now it is the turn of Quaryatayn, where 250 Christians have been kidnapped.
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.

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