Caritas is marking a decade of work in Darfur
Caritas is marking ten years of mitigating the suffering in the Darfur region of Sudan despite the enormous difficulties of working there. It has maintained the same high level of commitment to the victims of violence during this time and remained constant, true and at their side in Darfur.
The violence which struck Darfur in the early 2000s, changed the way farmers and herders lived together. Bloody conflicts broke out over routes and grazing, which continue to this day.
Caritas works in partnership with the ACT alliance of church-based aid agencies in a unique ecumenical initiative. Caritas members provide emergency relief, clean water, healthcare and nutrition. Altogether more than one million people have benefitted. More and more responsibility and management roles have been successfully given to local organisations, following a substantial investment in capacity building.
Caritas uses radio programmes and football tournaments to build peace and provides bicycles for shuttle diplomacy. It opens free veterinary clinics and water points to remove flashpoints. Different groups of people interact and become friends during skills training programmes, which also help to get them jobs.
Caritas Updates from Darfur
For the last ten years Caritas's partner Norwegian Church Aid(NCA) have been at the forefront of running life-line services for camp residents. Babiker, an NCA aid worker, who comes from the area, takes us through a typical day's work.
Ten years since the conflict began in Darfur 1.4 million people are still living in camps. CAFOD’s Nana Anto-Awuakye has recently returned from Darfur and shares her reflections on what life is like for Darfur’s camp communities.
People are finding it increasingly difficult to return to their villages because of the ongoing conflict between government and rebel groups and the inter-ethnic fighting between tribes, and so they are doing what they can to make a life for themselves inside the camps.
Caritas’s partner Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) provided vulnerable families like *Rawia's with household items.
One of the great successes of NCA’s incredible ten-year, humanitarian programme in Darfur is how together with residents, the organisation brought water to the camp.
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