Africa

Imagine compassion in a crisis: More than bread alone

Imagine compassion in a crisis: More than bread alone

The crisis in Darfur worsened, with 290,000 people fleeing their homes during the first nine months of 2008. Many people fled to Chad and the Central African Republic. Caritas is part of one of the biggest programmes in south and west Darfur, helping 250,000 people. Caritas covers basic needs, including access to clean water, sanitary ...

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Imagine compassion in a crisis: Ballots not bullets

Imagine compassion in a crisis: Ballots not bullets

2008 began badly for Mary, her three daughters, and six grandchildren. Post-election violence in Kenya escalated into ethnic conflict that saw families driven from their homes. “I don’t even want to remember the picture of that day. They were running in all directions, setting fire to crops and houses,” said Mary. Her family was taken ...

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Imagine compassion in a crisis: Congo’s killing fields

Imagine compassion in a crisis: Congo’s killing fields

“All I want is for an end to this war so my family can return to our village,” said Sophie Kenzia. The people of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo were just aching to go home. They wanted safety, a dry bed and regular meals. What they got was rape, killing or a grim life in ...

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‘Darfur must not become a forgotten emergency’

‘Darfur must not become a forgotten emergency’

Darfur is in danger of becoming a forgotten emergency, according to Nyika Musiyazwiriyo, the outgoing Head of Programmes for the joint ACT/Caritas Darfur Programme. “Darfur is slipping from our minds,” explains Nyika. “Funding for humanitarian work in the region has decreased substantially since the conflict first came to international attention. And Darfur is no longer ...

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Goma suffers as Congo unrest continues

Goma suffers as Congo unrest continues

Seven people killed and 255 houses burnt down in rebel attacks in North Kivu, eastern Congo. The news to come from Caritas Congo yesterday was bleak, like it has been for months. First there were stories of conflict and displacements, then the stories of child soldiers and rapes. Even a volcano may now erupt near Goma in ...

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Zimbabwean refugees abused in South Africa

They escaped with their lives from a country in collapse. They fled often with nothing. They came to the region’s richest and most powerful nation looking for protection. However, they have been welcomed with abuse, discrimination and a blindness to their plight. Approximately 3,000 Zimbabwean men, women, children and babies are trapped in dire conditions ...

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