Conflicts and Disasters

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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Aid to Syria’s Ghouta devastated by longest siege in modern history

Aid to Syria’s Ghouta devastated by longest siege in modern history

Lina’s family has suffered death, hunger, homelessness and been deprived of basic necessities because of Syria’s civil war. They live in Eastern Ghouta, an area that had endured “the longest running siege in modern history”, the UN said in a recent report. In April 2013, pro-government forces encircled what was then a militant-controlled area bordering Damascus, the capital ...

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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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