Middle East & North Africa

East Africa after the Food Crisis

East Africa after the Food Crisis

Your support helped over one million people in East Africa overcome their worst drought in 60 years. You made it possible for Caritas to distribute emergency food, create water projects, and give out seeds so farmers can rebuild. In November 2011, Caritas Communications Officer Laura Sheahen visited Kenya to see the community response in action. ...

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International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people 29 November 2011

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people 29 November 2011

By Claudette Habesch, Secretary General of Caritas Jerusalem Since 1948, we Palestinians have experienced dispossession and exile. Our diaspora counts today more than 9 million people all over the world. Since 1967, we Palestinians continue to live under occupation. Checkpoints, the separation wall, lack of access to farmlands and humiliation are part of our daily ...

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East Africa food crisis a ‘tragedy of biblical proportions’

East Africa food crisis a ‘tragedy of biblical proportions’

Ken Hackett, President of Catholic Relief Services (a Caritas member in the USA), spoke about the Horn of Africa food crisis at a press conference held in Rome on 7 October. Having worked in East Africa for over 35 years, I am deeply saddened to witness a tragedy of biblical proportions unfolding again. I thank ...

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Q and A Horn of Africa

Q and A Horn of Africa

What is the humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa?  In Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, and nearby areas, a severe drought has led to massive numbers of people going hungry. Famine has been declared in several districts of Somalia. Because goats and cattle are dying of thirst and starvation, people who herd livestock are losing their ...

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Recognise Palestine as step towards peace

Recognise Palestine as step towards peace

By Claudette Habesch, General Secretary of Caritas Jerusalem Greetings from the Holy City of the Resurrection, City of Hope where life conquered death. This week will see an important event for us all in Palestine and Israel. The Palestinian Authority will request the United Nations to vote on the recognition of Palestine as a full ...

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Fleeing Somalia: the men who kill for goats

Fleeing Somalia: the men who kill for goats

By Laura Sheahen “Aden, my oldest son, was four years old. He was watching our goats,” says Ahada, a Somali woman in her early twenties. “Men with guns came and wanted the animals. Aden shouted, ‘Don’t take our goats!’” Ahada’s small son was caught in the midst of the chaotic, seemingly never-ending war in Somalia. ...

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Somalis face perilous journey to escape  famine

Somalis face perilous journey to escape famine

By Laura Sheahen, Death by starvation, death by lions and hyenas or death by armed bandits. Which do you pick? For refugees streaming out of Somalia, there’s no luxury of choice. They’re facing all three. Carrying babies in front and toddlers piggyback, clutching small plastic bags of belongings, thousands of Somalis are trudging barefoot for ...

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Caritas assessing needs of Syrian refugees

Caritas assessing needs of Syrian refugees

Caritas Turkey is sending a delegation today to the border region of Hatay to gather information about the Syrian refugees who have crossed the border following the crisis in their country. Thousands of refugees fled to Turkey and also to Lebanon following military operations in their country as a result of recent popular unrest. “Caritas ...

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