Food

Zimbabwe: “The food is finished”

In the gentle warmth of a mid-winter African sun, Moffat Mpofu seeks shade beside his small thatched hut. Beside him his wife Sarah stretches out on a thin grass mat, their youngest daughter resting quietly across her knees. But the peaceful scene hides a distressing story. Mr Mpofu, 49, tested positive for HIV in December ...

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Hunger the real homework

Widespread hunger in rural Zimbabwe means that Kembo Ndlovu, head of Lupaka primary school, doesn’t just have to worry about nourishing his pupils’ minds, but also their bodies. Children who don’t get enough food at home, won’t have the energy to go to school and if they do, nagging hunger pangs will make it harder ...

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Children abandoned in Zimbabwe’s economic crisis

Children abandoned in Zimbabwe’s economic crisis

While Elvis Presley was famous for his fried peanut butter sandwiches and his voracious appetite, Elvis Ncube in Zimbabwe is lucky if he gets a daily meal of porridge and beans. Elvis’ mother left for Botswana for a short period to find work in 2005, but she never returned. Life in Madabe village, southern Zimbabwe, ...

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Working Together to Save Lives in Darfur

Working Together to Save Lives in Darfur

Christian Churches from all over the world are working together to save the lives of people affected by conflict in Darfur. A joint programme involving ACT (Action by Churches Together), a global alliance of churches and related agencies working in the field of humanitarian relief, and Caritas Internationalis has been providing essential life-saving services such ...

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Imagine a world for tomorrow’s generation: Adaptation is not enough

Imagine a world for tomorrow’s generation: Adaptation is not enough

Caritas works on helping communities adapt to the effects of climate change, from building cyclone shelters in Bangladesh to early warning systems in West Africa’s drought-prone Sahel region. There has been success in limiting the deaths from natural disasters in recent decades. While Cyclone Sidr killed around 3,000 people in Bangladesh in 2007, similar or ...

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Imagine a world for tomorrow’s generation: A view from Poznan and India

Imagine a world for tomorrow’s generation: A view from Poznan and India

A view from Poznan  Grow Climate Justice Campaign was launched on 7 December in Poznan. “People in countries such as Bangladesh are totally dependent on the weather,” Bishop Theotonius Gomes C.S.C, Bishop of Dhaka and President of Caritas Bangladesh said at the launch. “Our agriculture, and hence our whole culture, is based on water from ...

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Imagine a world for tomorrow’s generation: Grow Climate Justice

Imagine a world for tomorrow’s generation: Grow Climate Justice

Caritas is calling for justice for the poor in developing countries who are most impacted by the adverse effects of climate change despite having done least to create it. Caritas launched the “Grow Climate Justice Campaign” at the end of 2008 during a UN conference on climate change in Poznan, Poland. Industrialised countries are responsible ...

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