Middle East & North Africa
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Caritas in Middle East & North Africa (MONA)
Members of Caritas in the Middle East and North Africa work primarily on emergency response, migration, education, development, women empowerment, youth and volunteering, human trafficking and peace building. Their humanitarian assistance programmes have grown following the turmoil of the Arab Spring and increased conflict in the region. Cooperation and inter-faith dialogue are priorities as is response to the threat of HIV/AIDS.
Other focuses for Caritas MONA include improving bilateral partnerships, investing in programmes for young people and creating more coherence around the issue of migration.
Caritas Updates from MONA
Caritas is preparing for a wave of people fleeing the embattled Iraqi city of Mosul. Between 1.2 to 1.5 million people could be affected and 200,000 could flee in the first few weeks.
100,000 children are among those trapped in the beseiged Syrian city of Aleppo. An urgent ceasefire is needed to get the injured out and food and other aid in.
Pope Francis will lead 10,000 people in prayer for Syria during a 31 October ecumenical event in Sweden.
Caritas Middle East & North Africa Info