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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

  • Refugees face cold and rain in Serbia

Refugees face cold and rain in Serbia

  • 2 October 2015
Ana Zivkovic is a communication officer for Caritas Serbia. She explains what kind of services Caritas Serbia is giving to refugees and migrants, what the challenges are and how she personally feels about their situation.
  • To go or not to go: a Syrian asks the question

To go or not to go: a Syrian asks the question

  • 29 September 2015
Shiar is an English Literature scholar and a Syrian refugee. He is travelling to Europe with his family. He spoke to Caritas in Kara Tepe transit camp on Lesbos about the journey so far.
  • Displaced people in Myanmar worry for future

Displaced people in Myanmar worry for future

  • 28 September 2015
This is the fate of thousands of displaced people in Myanmar’s northern Shan and Kachin states, who are caught up in conflict between government troops and rebel groups.
  • Which way is Sweden? The refugee crisis on Lesbos

Which way is Sweden? The refugee crisis on Lesbos

  • 28 September 2015
The Greek island of Lesbos is at the epicentre of the refugee crisis, receiving 200,000 Syrians, Afghanistanis and others this year. Caritas has been providing aid to those in desperate need.
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.

Emergency appeals
Caritas is currently accepting donation for relief for the following emergencies
Recent emergencies