Caritas organisations and supporters are invited to pray for the child and adolescent victims of human trafficking on 8th February.
The needs of those displaced or who have been affected by the conflict in Darfur are great and wide-ranging. They range from basic needs such as water and shelter and access to health facilities but also to longer-term needs such as education and retraining and rebuilding their livelihoods.
For some migrants, Calais is the last stage of their journey before reaching the United Kingdom. For others, it’s a limbo. “Jungle 2” is a new site for the migrants, tolerated by the local authorities. There are between 2000 and 3000 people there. Secours Catholique (Caritas France) is working with others to improve the conditions there.
Unlike many other conflict zones around the world, Abyei is not filled with non-governmental organizations providing assistance to the population. Many NGOs are afraid that working in Abyei will anger government officials in Khartoum, who could then deny them access to Darfur and other troubled areas.
Along South Sudan’s troubled southern border, Caritas is leveraging the organizing done by local self-defense militias into helping local farmers grow food.
Interview with Gabriel Yai Avop, Director of Caritas South Sudan, the newest Caritas member which the Caritas Confederation voted unanimously to join the network.
Caritas/ACT Alliance* are seeking €5.3 million (US$6.8 million) to fund programmes they are supporting in Darfur in 2015.