South Sudan is the world’s newest country. Caritas South Sudan is the confederation’s newest member. But that doesn’t mean that Caritas is a new arrival in South Sudan.
For decades, the Caritas confederation was part of a global prayer campaign for an end to the war in South Sudan, working in emergency relief, development, peace building and conflict resolution.
Caritas strives to bring emergency assistance to people still in need and to provide them with the skills and development programmes which will set them on their way to true independence. Caritas Internationalis members from 5 other countries are working alongside Caritas South Sudan and will remain at its side for the hard road ahead.
Conflict returned to South Sudan in December 2013. Hundreds of thousands of people were forced to flee from their homes. Caritas is providing 100,000 people with emergency relief. The aid includes food, plastic sheeting, blankets, mats, jerry cans, soap, mosquito nets, clean water and health care.
Caritas is striving to promote dialogue through the dioceses and by supporting initiatives like peace building broadcasts on radio stations. Caritas wants development gains to be protected by stability – not destroyed by violence.
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In January 2017 we met South Sudan refugees who are living in Bidi Bidi in Uganda. 18 months later we've returned to the refugee camp to see the difference Caritas programmes are making to people who live there.
As the humanitarian crisis worsens in South Sudan, Bishop Erkolano Lodu Tombe, President of Caritas South Sudan and Bishop of Yei, has warned the country is in a state of collapse with millions of people facing mass starvation. Bishop Tombe and senior officials from Caritas South Sudan gathered in Rome on Tuesday to discuss the ...
Parts of South Sudan face famine due to an ongoing civil war, collapse of law and order and drought. William Okot de Toby is the managing director of a diocesan Caritas, Caritas Torit, in the south-eastern part of the country. He answered our questions.
Following the declaration of famine in Unity State, South Sudan this week, the country’s Catholic bishops have issued a powerful pastoral letter condemning the country’s civil war and labelling the famine as “man-made”.
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