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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

  • Liberia’s last Ebola case leaves hospital

Liberia’s last Ebola case leaves hospital

  • 6 March 2015
The last confirmed Ebola patient in Liberia has been dismissed from the treatment centre. Over the past 12 days, there were no new confirmed cases. If this is maintained for 35 days Liberia will be officially Ebola free.
  • Syrian refugee women in Lebanon win international prize

Syrian refugee women in Lebanon win international prize

  • 5 March 2015
Reem and a small group of community leaders set up a women’s workshop in Shatila to teach embroidery, computers, and English. Called “Basmeh and Zeitooneh”, they are one of the winners of a “Women, Sowers of Development” prize awarded by Caritas Internationalis and Voices of Faith.
  • Displaced pensioners yearn for home in Ukraine

Displaced pensioners yearn for home in Ukraine

  • 2 March 2015
For those who flee the violence in their towns, needs are high for medicine, clothing, rent, firewood and food. Galina and Alexandre are receiving CRS/Caritas support of a cash grant, in the amount of €265 (US$300), that will allow them to purchase the most critical living items.
  • “We are always fasting” in Syria

“We are always fasting” in Syria

  • 26 February 2015
We are tired and enough really is enough. There is great sadness in Syria at what has happened. It’s difficult for me to think about the hopes for the future of the next generation of Syrians.
  • Hope surviving in Ukraine

Hope surviving in Ukraine

  • 20 February 2015
Nadiya, 55, whose name means ‘hope’, is caught up in a conflict that she says she never saw coming. She doesn’t know whether she’ll ever see her home in again.
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
Iraq
Ebola
Syria
Recent emergencies