Caritas Central African Republic is providing food, medicine and protection to people forced from their homes by a widespread collapse in law and order. An extensive health care programme has been established through the country’s diocese with the support of a Caritas confederation member organisation.
The situation is grim. 300 000 people are displaced from their homes, 60,000 are refugees, more than one million risk starvation. The abduction of children to be used as soldiers and the rape of women are commonplace. Caritas is working hard for reconciliation and peace following an increase in tensions between Christians and Muslims.
Central African Republic has a history of instability and little strategic importance. The suffering of its people is often ignored. This time, petrol stations and shops have been destroyed and in town halls even birth certificate records have been systematically destroyed.
Caritas Internationalis is working with Caritas’s regional organisation, Caritas Africa, to support the national Caritas by deploying a special emergency response and support team.
Caritas Updates from Central African Republic
A pair of boots, a new ball and four decades of service make CAR football match. Orphans looked after by the Oblate sisters in Bangui, Central African Republic played a football match with a difference on Saturday – they had a new ball.
Thousands of Muslim families are being forced from their homes in the Central Africain Republic. Msgr Dieudonné Nzapalainga, Archbishop of Bangui and Caritas Central African President says attacks must end.
A human tragedy is unfolding in the Central African Republic. Conflict is tearing its social fabric apart. Christian and Muslim communities are praying for peace and reconciliation.