Middle East & North Africa

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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The road to peace in the Middle East

The road to peace in the Middle East

Joseph Cornelius Donnelly, Caritas Internationalis head of delegation at the UN Where does the peace process begin – in which country in what ways and with whom? Such questions are constantly being asked everywhere around the world. From today in Jerusalem but already tomorrow in Kathmandu. From fifty years ago in the Congo to last ...

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Jerusalem mourning

Jerusalem mourning

By Joseph Cornelius Donnelly in Jerusalem You can know much but know nothing. You can be near but be far. Realities are intensely complicated here. Details get reiterated daily for decades plus. But facts, hard carefully considered can be elusive when anyone from any of the myriad perspectives attempts to explain situations. However, today’s kind ...

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Caritas mission at the Salloum border camp [Photo gallery]

Thousands of migrant workers fleeing Libya have been stranded in a camp in Salloum on the Libyan-Egyptian border while waiting for their repatriation. The Caritas emergency aid team is still distributing several thousand meals per day, monitoring the flow of migrants at the border and providing special care to families and children. Pictures by Fred ...

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Massive departures at the Salloum border camp

Massive departures at the Salloum border camp

Yesterday, a lot of people had to pack their stuff at the Salloum border camp. Salloum looked like a crowded, badly-organised coach station. Dozens of buses were obstructing the access to the camp. There has been a lot of movement here in the last days. A lot of people could finally leave.

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The story of Samer and Maryam, Palestinian migrants fleeing from Libya

The story of Samer and Maryam, Palestinian migrants fleeing from Libya

Two weeks ago, Samer started his journey back home. From Bengazi in Libya, he left for Egypt. Walking is difficult for the old man, but he wanted to leave Libya while it was still possible, before the city would be surrounded by the government’s troops.

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Caritas response to Libyan conflict

Caritas members from around the world have been mobilized to support migrants and Libyans fleeing unrest in Libya. Around 328,000 people have so far fled from conflict in Libya according to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). Most of them left the country passing through Egypt and Tunisia. Caritas has sent two Emergency Response Teams ...

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Growing tension among migrants in the Salloum border camp

Growing tension among migrants in the Salloum border camp

Credits: Fred Lauener/Caritas Switzerland Fred Lauener from Caritas Switzerland arrived in Salloum on the Libyan-Egyptian border on Thursday to support the ongoing Caritas emergency aid distributions for migrants fleeing the violence in Libya.  Here are some of his accounts from the last days. (Read his original blogs in German) “Today, there have hardly been any ...

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“Staying in Libya far too dangerous”

“Staying in Libya far too dangerous”

Migrants can call their families for free on arrival through Caritas and its partner OKUP. Credits: OKUP Caritas Bangladesh and its partner organisation OKUP are providing assistance to Bangladeshi migrant workers fleeing the social unrests in Libya on their arrival at Dhaka airport. Returnees are given some money, food and transport facilities to reach bus ...

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