Middle East & North Africa

Healthcare in Gaza’s war zone

Healthcare in Gaza’s war zone

“This is not a regular ambulance. It can save more lives because it contains an intensive care unit for patients in a critical condition,” said Jameel Khoury, Caritas Jerusalem Project Manager. The new ambulance has been provided by Caritas to Al-Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza. Home to 1.5 million Palestinians, Gaza is one of the ...

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Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem: Gaza siege needs to be lifted

Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem: Gaza siege needs to be lifted

The situation in the Holy Land has escalated again following to the assault on a flotilla headed towards the Gaza Strip on May 31. However, His Beatitude Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem and President of Caritas Jerusalem, hopes that the young generation of Palestinians and Israelis will one day know peace. Question: The international ...

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Baghdad’s beehive: a day in the life of Caritas Iraq

Baghdad’s beehive: a day in the life of Caritas Iraq

Caritas centres are dotted across the poorer areas of Baghdad. The typical working day of a Caritas employee begins with traffic jams, road checkpoints, closed streets, and, in some cases, bomb explosions. It takes some workers up to two hours to get to the centres, although they live less than 10 km away. They need ...

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A firm foundation in life for the babies of Iraq

A firm foundation in life for the babies of Iraq

When Caritas Iraq was founded in 1992, the first Gulf War had recently ended and the country was under international sanctions. Seventeen years, one invasion, much violence and heartache later, accessing food, water and basic services is still an enormous challenge for some of Iraq’s population. “Before the sanctions, people had access to social and ...

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Fighting Kala-azar: Caritas Somalia Health Centre changes lives in Baidoa

Fighting Kala-azar: Caritas Somalia Health Centre changes lives in Baidoa

by David Omwoyo Seated outside the Caritas health centre in Baidoa, Mama Habibo Salad Habibo waits for help. After walking more than 18 km from her home with her two young children, she is glad that her sick child will finally get treatment. Hawo Salad, her two-year-old daughter looks emaciated and sleepy. Yet her stomach ...

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