Caritas saving lives in the Central African Republic
Caritas is working to protect lives, build peace and help the Central African Republic recover from months of turmoil.
The country remains in the grip of unrest.
Over hundreds of thousands of people have fled their homes. They have either left the country or are sheltered in camps and places of worship, including Catholic missions.
Half the population is in need of aid. Government has collapsed. Schools and hospitals have closed. Homes have been burned down.
The Catholic Church is one of the last functioning institutions the people have left. Caritas is providing seeds and tools, rebuilding homes, helping children get back into school and repairing medical clinics.
Caritas is working hard for reconciliation and peace between Christians and Muslims communities, including setting up local peace groups and supporting international diplomatic efforts. Both Christian and Muslim families are being sheltered by Church and Caritas staff.
Caritas is operational in CAR through the national Caritas and its dioceses and through members Catholic Relief Services and Cordaid.
Caritas Updates from Central African Republic
Christian and Muslim religious leaders from the Central African Republic received an international award for their role in preventing sectarian war in their country.
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.
The president of Caritas Central African Republic is one of three people to be chosen for an international award for their work in inter-religious dialogue.
Caritas is giving families orginally from Chad and who have now returned agricultural training, tools and seeds so that they can become self sufficient.
Caritas warns that refugees from the Central African Republic will suffer if funding by the international community isn’t increased this year.
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