Middle East & North Africa

A surge of solidarity at the Tunisian-Libyan border

A surge of solidarity at the Tunisian-Libyan border

Available in French Caritas staff Suzanna Tcalek and Sébastien Dechamps met Hassen and his family during their evaluation mission at the Tunisian-Libyan border. (See an account of the mission and view more pictures) “Hassen runs a little commerce in the city of Mansura some three hundred kilometers from the border. He has mobilized a collection ...

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Libyan-Tunisian border crossing is calm, well run

Libyan-Tunisian border crossing is calm, well run

[slideshow]Credits: Sébastien Deschamps/Secours Catholique-Caritas France Available in French A Caritas assessment team made up of staff from Secours Catholique-Caritas France and Catholic Relief Services (CRS is a US member of Caritas) assessed this weekend the needs of migrant workers stranded on the Libyan-Tunisian border following to the social unrests in Libya. View pictures from the ...

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Migrants stranded on Egypt Libya border in need

Migrants stranded on Egypt Libya border in need

A Caritas team has been assessing needs of migrant workers fleeing violence in Libya and stranded on the Egyptian-Libya border in Salloum. Around 6000 migrant workers are stranded in Salloum and around 5000 people are arriving daily. Asian and African migrants wait two to six days to be processed through the border. They are the ...

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Migrants at great risk in Libya’s social unrests

Migrants at great risk in Libya’s social unrests

Caritas members from around the world are seeking ways to help migrants and Libyans fleeing the social unrest in Libya. More than 100,000 people have already arrived in Tunisia and Egypt. More migrant workers are expected to arrive on Libyan borders as violence continues in the North African country. Caritas has sent two Emergency Response ...

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Soaring food costs hitting poor from Algeria to India

Soaring food costs hitting poor from Algeria to India

Millions of people around the world are struggling to cope with rising food prices say Caritas staff. “The price rises in India usually affect the poorest people, but they are now so steep that the middle class is hit hard as well,” said Sunil Simon, in charge of natural resource management at Caritas India. The ...

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Middle East Synod: Foster quality and transparency in charity work

Middle East Synod: Foster quality and transparency in charity work

Interview with Naguib Khouzam, General Supervisor of Caritas Egypt’s SETI Centre and Professor of Educational Psychology at Ain Shams University. Mr. Khouzam, you are the General Supervisor of the Caritas Egypt’s SETI Center for disabled people. This centre trains special needs teachers, supports disabled people and their families and runs research in this field. What ...

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Synod for Middle East can bring communities together

Synod for Middle East can bring communities together

Caritas says the upcoming Synod for the Middle East can help divided communities come together for the region’s poorest people. The Synod will take place in Rome from 10 to 24 October. It is the first synod dedicated specifically to the Middle East. Church leaders will discuss problems ranging from the Israeli-Palestinian stand-off and conflict ...

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Middle East: a testing ground for the spirit of reconciliation

Interview with Joseph Farah, President of Caritas MONA (Middle East and North Africa)  What are your expectations for next week’s synod? What main challenges in this region should it address?  Mr. Farah: The Middle East is a fragile region. People feel insecure and have to face situations of permanent belligerence, in particular due to the ...

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Middle East Synod a symbol of peace

Middle East Synod a symbol of peace

The first Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops will take place in Rome from 10 to 24 October. Caritas hopes the Synod can build bridges between faiths in a region wracked by conflict. Caritas will be represented at this event by representatives from the Middle East, sharing their practical experience ...

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