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
The president of Caritas Central African Republic has strongly condemned the Good Friday killing of a priest in the diocese of Bossangoa.
Bishop Nestor Azagbya Nongo of Bossangoa and three diocesan priests were kidnapped on 16 April in Batangafo in the Central African Republic by former-Seleka rebels. They were freed by African peacekeepers as they were being taken to Chad.
Over 41,000 people once sought sanctuary in the cathedral in Bossangoa from the conflict. Now they can return to their homes in safety. The fear has gone, but now the community must rebuild.
People in the Central African Republic need tools, seeds, medicine, shelter and help getting their children back into school as they look to rebuild their lives after months of conflict.
Conflict has gripped the Central African Republic for over a year. In recent months Muslims have been particulalrly targeted. The Caritas supported Inter-faith platform travels to Bangassou, where Christian and Muslim are still co-existing.