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
Caritas warns that refugees from the Central African Republic will suffer if funding by the international community isn’t increased this year.
Bishop of Bossangoa says rival fighters are terrorizing the Central African Republic, the government has lost control and the international community isn’t doing enough. He is calling for urgent action.
Caritas is the last aid agency operating in some of the most dangerous areas in the Central African Republic, providing life-saving food, medicine and shelter in a country torn apart by war.
Nathalie Balakadja and her seven children have been living in a displacement camp in Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR), for more than four months with assistance provided by Caritas.
Caritas Central African Republic President Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga of Bangui says urgent humanitarian action is need in Yaloké where humanitarian conditions for people trapped by the conflict have become inhumane
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