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Hope from a Bangladesh refugee camp this Advent: “We are safe now”

Hope from a Bangladesh refugee camp this Advent: “We are safe now”

Senowara’s labour pains had already started when she fled from Myanmar 16 months ago. After five days walking through the forest, she could hold on no longer. Her child was born by the roadside, beneath a tarpaulin, just an hour and a half after she crossed into Bangladesh. We first met Senowara, a Rohingya refugee, ...

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Green technology innovations from Caritas Denmark lifting people out of poverty

Green technology innovations from Caritas Denmark lifting people out of poverty

Caritas is working on several innovations to help bring environmentally-friendly, transparent, good-practice relief assistance to communities around the globe. While world leaders are discussing climate change at the UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland (December 2-14) Caritas Denmark is pioneering several green-technology projects: a new solar-powered water purifier a solar-powered cooker plans to map ...

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“A cry to the world”: Cardinal Tagle visits Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh

“A cry to the world”: Cardinal Tagle visits Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh

Standing in a refugee camp in Bangladesh, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle said, “This camp is a cry to the whole world for a better politics based on compassion and solidarity.” The Caritas Internationalis president visited Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh 3-4 December. He saw how Caritas is helping provide vital shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene, living ...

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How Caritas is helping people to recover from the Indonesia earthquake

How Caritas is helping people to recover from the Indonesia earthquake

Umi Sumbajono and her family had seconds to react when a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia’s Sulawesi island on September 28. The 55-year-old grabbed her two grandchildren and fled from their home in Jono Ono village. “I panicked and prayed,” Umi said. “We saw the land, the ground, splitting and cracking, with mud and water ...

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Scenes of loss following the Indonesia earthquake

Scenes of loss following the Indonesia earthquake

Fatwa Fadillah stoops among the make-shift tarp tents, urgently seeking information, but also needing to patiently listen and assess. Almost a week has passed since an earthquake struck his homeland. It toppled buildings and crumbled roads. Hours later, a tsunami washed away people, property, roads and crops. Help us respond to people in need – ...

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Caritas assessing survivors’ needs after the Indonesia tsunami and earthquake

Caritas assessing survivors’ needs after the Indonesia tsunami and earthquake

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck just off the coast of Sulawesi island, Indonesia on Friday 28 September. The earthquake caused a tsunami with waves 6 meters high in the city of Palu. A Caritas emergency team is making its way to Palu to assess the needs of the Indonesia tsunami and earthquake survivors. Please donate ...

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Appeal launched for Philippines Typhoon survivors

Appeal launched for Philippines Typhoon survivors

Jessie cannot help but stare at the wreckage of his house. It was destroyed by super typhoon Mangkhut, which tore through the Philippines earlier this month. Over 1.5 million people were affected. “It felt really bad that I need to clear debris from the remains of our house,” said the 50-year-old construction worker from Baguio ...

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Philippines Typhoon causes major damage

Philippines Typhoon causes major damage

A deadly Philippines typhoon that crossed the country on 14-15 September has caused extensive damage and disruption. Typhoon Mangkhut (locally named Ompong) affected more that 270,000 people in 30 provinces as the storm damaged houses, crops and livelihoods. Roads and bridges are blocked by landslides and the electricity supply is down. 138,000 people were forced ...

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