Emergencies

Hunger spreads in East and Horn of Africa

Hunger spreads in East and Horn of Africa

East Africa and the Horn of Africa are confronting a humanitarian crisis that may worsen in 2018. Armed conflict and severe drought are causing extreme levels of hunger. Up to 35 million people are in need of urgent food assistance across the region.

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Being prepared helps Tonga recover from Cyclone Gita

Being prepared helps Tonga recover from Cyclone Gita

Cyclone Gita hit Tonga on the night of 12-13 February, destroying homes and severely damaging infrastructure on the most populated island of Tongatapu. About 80 percent of the population was affected and over 4500 houses being damaged or destroyed. Government and NGOs have been quick to mount a coordinated response. Caritas Tonga is moving from ...

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Witnessing Venezuela’s hunger

Witnessing Venezuela’s hunger

By Suzanna Tkalec, Humanitarian Director at Caritas Internationalis I first saw her at a Caritas Venezuela malnutrition screening of hungry mothers and hungrier children in Santa Lucia. Health workers weighed children, checked their height, measured the shrinking circumferences of their bony arms, while she sat listlessly. A whisper of a child, at 4-years old, Angelys ...

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Syrian war enters 8th year

Syrian war enters 8th year

As the Syrian conflict enters its eighth year, it continues to have a devastating impact on millions of lives with nearly 12 million people in need of urgent relief. Caritas Syria is dealing with the crisis every day, supporting those suffering from continuing violence and offering life-saving assistance. Syria is now the largest displacement crisis ...

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