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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

  • Tsunami reflections from Aceh

Tsunami reflections from Aceh

  • 22 December 2014
The 26 December 2004, a tsunami devastated Aceh. The crew of the fishing boat Centosa recieved Caritas support. See how their lives have changed ten years later.
  • Caritas Jordan: child refugees need schools

Caritas Jordan: child refugees need schools

  • 19 December 2014
Earlier this year, Caritas Jordan received the approval of the Jordanian government to receive Iraqi Christian refugees fleeing persecution by Islamic extremists in Mosul and the Ninevah Plains.
  • War in Syria: day in the life

War in Syria: day in the life

  • 19 December 2014
Dozens of mortars continue to fall daily on the villages, towns and cities of Syria, causing daily deaths and injuries. Fighting rages between the government, opposition forces and the so-called ‘Islamic State’ militants who control large swathes of territory.
  • Bleak Christmas for Iraqi Christians

Bleak Christmas for Iraqi Christians

  • 19 December 2014
Caritas has been providing food, clothing, heaters, blankets and winterizing some of homes for around 10,000 Christians, Yazidis and Muslims in Iraq.
  • Winter help for Iraqis fleeing persecution

Winter help for Iraqis fleeing persecution

  • 19 December 2014
Families in Zakho receive vouchers to buy $37 (€30) worth of winter clothes, which usually affords them a jacket, trousers and a pair of shoes. Hoerz said families were able to supplement this with donated second hand clothes.
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