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20 Jun 2001 description

Baltimore, June 20, 2001 - Today marks the official launch of Catholic Relief Services' Africa Rising! Hope and Healing, a two-year campaign to highlight Africa through public awareness and advocacy initiatives in the United States. The campaign seeks to bring attention to the critical issues Africa is currently facing and calls for solidarity and action through the mobilization of people in the U.S.

11 Apr 2001 description

Life continues to be a series of struggles for the people of Burundi. Recently, over 50,000 people were forced out of their homes with no more than what they could carry. Some have been able to return, but very little remains of what they call home. Churches have been blown apart. Houses and shops have been burnt. The looting has been ruthless and complete. In some cases, even the doors have been ripped from their hinges and used to remove stolen goods.

12 Mar 2001 description

On February 23, Bujumbura, the capital city of Burundi, erupted in violence as opposition forces, armed with rockets and machine guns, attacked. The fighting has been continuous and nearly 30,000 innocent civilians have been forced to flee with little or nothing. "There are approximately 11,000 people living in makeshift areas," said Driss Moumane, Assistant Country Representative of Catholic Relief Services in Burundi. "A large percentage of those in these areas are women, children and the elderly.

01 Mar 2001 description

Baltimore, March 1, 2001 - Catholic Relief Services is responding to the immediate needs of nearly 30,000 people who have fled their homes as fighting between the Burundian military and opposition forces erupted near the Burundian capital city of Bujumbura.