Refugees

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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Sudan votes: scene from Port Juba

Sudan votes: scene from Port Juba

by Karina O’Meara as told to Sara A. Fajardo It was mid-morning when we arrived to the Juba River Port last week and it was jostling with the sounds of people unloading bedding, horses, cars, and cooking supplies, from the four open-air containers that flanked a large passenger boat. An estimated 700 people had made ...

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Sudan votes: Polling Day

Sudan votes: Polling Day

[slideshow]By Sara A. Fajardo, CRS Communications Officer in Juba People began arriving long before dawn. Some were rumored to have spent the night. By the time we arrived several hundred men and women snaked the grounds of St. Kizito parish in Juba, Sudan. The men stood in one line. The women stood in another. Many ...

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Sudan votes: a wonderful day

Sudan votes: a wonderful day

Dan Griffin, CRS senior adviser for Sudan is in Juba, the capital city of southern Sudan, during the referendum process. He filed this report the day before the beginning of the historic vote. I arrived in Juba for the fifth time in a year’s time, Saturday morning at 10:30am. From the very beginning, I knew ...

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Migration: weighing up the options

Migration: weighing up the options

They cross deserts in Mexico and they take to rough seas in unsafe boats in North Africa. They risk alienation, rejection and poverty far from home to create a better life for themselves and for their families. Many of the world’s migrants do this because there’s no better alternative. “History has shown us that people ...

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Kick-off for Football Peace Cup in South Africa

Kick-off for Football Peace Cup in South Africa

Caritas is hosting a Football Peace Cup in South Africa’s poorest communities as the Football World Cup is being held in its stadiums. In a joint initiative with the Franciscan inter-faith Damietta Peace Initiative, Caritas is organising a ‘Soccer Peace Tournament’ in the township of Atteridgeville near Pretoria, bringing together people of different faiths, races ...

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Colombia’s forgotten refugees

Colombia’s forgotten refugees

More than three million people have been forced from their homes in Colombia. Fighting continues to affect people from all walks of life. The large number of displaced people hinders efforts at making peace. While Colombia has the second largest number of internally displaced people in the world after Sudan, it still does not have ...

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Zimbabweans’ struggle as asylum refugees

Many people are leaving Zimbabwe for a better life elsewhere rather than go hungry and not have a job at home. But some people leave the country because of intimidation resulting from their political beliefs. Gloria* is one such person. When she lived in Zimbabwe, she supported the opposition and attended rallies. By doing so, ...

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