Emergencies

Fighting famine with the people of Somalia

Fighting famine with the people of Somalia

Somalia is facing a worsening humanitarian crisis with 6.7 million people in need of urgent assistance as severe drought sweeps across East Africa. Caritas is able to save lives but funding means not enough can be done to prevent the food crisis from deepening . “We expect the situation to get quite bleak,” said Paul ...

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Millions displaced in Kasai province as violence continues in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Millions displaced in Kasai province as violence continues in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Kasai: does the name mean nothing to you? That is no surprise! One year ago, no one was talking about it. And even today, it is rare for the media to show interest. And yet this province situated in the centre of the Democratic Republic of Congo has for the past nine months been in ...

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Children face hunger crisis in Venezuela as malnutrition soars

Children face hunger crisis in Venezuela as malnutrition soars

Child malnutrition in parts of Venezuela is now at the level of a humanitarian crisis, warns a new report from the local Caritas agency. With the economy in freefall, shortages of food and medicine and soaring food prices, nearly half of children under five in areas monitored by Caritas are suffering from some degree of ...

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Hunger hits cattle herders in Somaliland

Hunger hits cattle herders in Somaliland

Somaliland is little known to most people. It is a self-declared republic, independent of Somalia, but recognised by no other state, including Somalia. It seems the people of Somaliland are suffering in obscurity. A few aid agencies are present, but not nearly enough to make a real difference. There are already reports that people are ...

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Cholera and famine strike Somalia and South Sudan

Cholera and famine strike Somalia and South Sudan

“We are overstretched and as we speak we are receiving more patients,” said Dr. Mohamed Dahir, who as a medical doctor in Somalia is struggling to cope with high levels of malnutrition. There is a massive influx of people into the region of Gedo in South Central Somalia where he works. They are fleeing drought. ...

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Life improves for Burundian refugees in Rwanda

Life improves for Burundian refugees in Rwanda

Madeleine Rwasa is over 70 years old. She fled Burundi after the unrest caused in 2015 by President Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term of office. Like around 50,000 other Burundians, she lives in the Mahama refugee camp in eastern Rwanda near the Tanzanian border. Madeleine Rwasa is alone. Her three grandchildren have abandoned ...

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