Africa

Aid against the odds in Darfur

Aid against the odds in Darfur

This is some of what Caritas and its partners have done in Darfur from January to March 2008: Helped 250,000 people Given household items to 12,700 who’re without homes Drilled 18 boreholes and got 106 handpumps working Treated 50,000 illnesses Fed nearly 9000 pregnant women, new mothers, babies and toddlers Set up eight sports teams ...

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Facing an uncertain future in Zimbabwe

“The UN must also act proactively by sending observers to Zimbabwe to monitor any human rights abuses,” said Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga. He is urging the UN Security Council to impose an immediate arms embargo on Zimbabwe. Church leaders in the country said that without international intervention Zimbabweans face genocide. “As Pope ...

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Fighting Kala-azar: Caritas Somalia Health Centre changes lives in Baidoa

Fighting Kala-azar: Caritas Somalia Health Centre changes lives in Baidoa

by David Omwoyo Seated outside the Caritas health centre in Baidoa, Mama Habibo Salad Habibo waits for help. After walking more than 18 km from her home with her two young children, she is glad that her sick child will finally get treatment. Hawo Salad, her two-year-old daughter looks emaciated and sleepy. Yet her stomach ...

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Investing in safe delivery, life-saving training for women in Darfur

Investing in safe delivery, life-saving training for women in Darfur

“There was no one around in the village to help when my pregnant sister told me, ‘I want to deliver.’ I assisted the delivery and after that I became a birth attendant,” recalls Hawa, a traditional birth attendant now called ‘grandmother’. In the rural areas and camps of Darfur most babies are born at home, ...

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African Church calls for better aid

Church leaders in Africa say development aid to the poorest must not just be measured in quantity but also in the extent it transforms the lives of the poor. In a ecumenical statement released ahead of a key aid effectiveness summit in Accra, Ghana, 2 – 4 September, the AACC (All Africa Conference of Churches) ...

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Imagine globalisation based on solidarity: Micro-finance in Africa

Caritas Africa and its partners held a forum in September in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on how micro-finance programmes can create livelihoods to lift millions of people out of poverty. Caritas in Africa is running many micro-finance programmes to provide access to small amounts of capital to help people set up businesses. The programmes ...

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