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21 Dec 2017 description
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by Val Morgan and Harriet Paterson

With temperatures dropping to freezing point at night during the next few weeks, a hard year is closing with yet more endurance required of the Rohingya people in Bangladesh refugee camps.

Nearly 860,000 people who have fled military persecution in Myanmar are living on bare earth floors under tarpaulins, with almost no protection from the elements. Weather aside, there is no way of knowing what lies ahead for them.

02 Nov 2017 description
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Montreal, November 1, 2017 - Development and Peace - Caritas Canada is launching an emergency appeal to help Rohingya communities who have been forced to flee Myanmar and seek refuge in Bangladesh and is calling upon the generosity of all Canadians for support. The urgency with which refugees had to flee in the face of abuses by the army and the breadth of their displacement has exacerbated the vulnerability of thousands of children, women, and men who now have little to no access to basic necessities and services.

25 Oct 2017 description
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by Harriet Paterson

As countries pledged $344 million for the Rohingya refugee crisis at a UN conference in Geneva yesterday, Caritas underlined the urgency of translating promises into practical help.

16 Oct 2017 description
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by Stefan Teplan, Caritas Germany

The town of Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh is a tourist destination with luxury five star hotels and 120 km of sandy beaches. In the last month it has become famous for a different reason, with the arrival of over half a million forcibly displaced Rohingya from Myanmar. They are now encamped an hour south of the town in what is fast becoming the world’s biggest refugee camp.

12 Oct 2017 description
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Caritas has swung into action getting food and cooking utensils to Rohingya refugees as of 8 October, after receiving clearance from the Bangladesh authorities.

In the first phase of an emergency response to the Rohingya refugee crisis, the Caritas Bangladesh team of 40 staff and numerous volunteers are reaching 1200-1600 families per day with food staples of pulses, oil, salt and sugar, plus household utensils like cups and plates.

Each family receives enough food to last two weeks, along with rice that is being distributed by the World Food Programme.

07 Oct 2017 description
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This young girl is already a widow. Four weeks ago, 18-year-old Fatema’s husband was killed and their house burned down in Rakhine State, Myanmar. Fearing for her life and that of her son, Shohel, she took him on the dangerous journey across the Naf river into Bangladesh. The pair have been living in Balukhali refugee camp for the last fortnight, alone and unprotected.

17 Sep 2017 description
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“Six days ago the army attacked our village. They were firing everywhere. They shot my wife in the back. She died from the wound,” said Abdul Rahman, a Rohingya refugee who fled Myanmar for Bangladesh.

The 21 year old widow carries his four month old baby in his arms.“The baby won’t stop crying. I’m asking lactating mothers to help with feeding her, but I’m so worried. I don’t know if she will survive. We have no food. We have nothing at all,” he said.

15 Sep 2017 description
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Envía una partida de 100.000 euros para distribuir alimentos y productos de primera necesidad a los rohingyas que han huido de Myanmar y están ubicadas en el distrito fronterizo de Cox's Bazar

29 Mar 2017 description
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Madrid, 29 de marzo de 2017.- Cáritas Española y la agencia EuropeAid de la Comisión Europea han sumado esfuerzos para poner en marcha en Tailandia un ambicioso proyecto de ayuda humanitaria para los refugiados birmanos acogidos desde hace más de tres décadas en 9 campos de refugio temporales repartidos a lo largo de la frontera con Myanmar. El proyecto se ha presentado esta mañana en el Foreign Correspondent’s Club Thailand (FCCT) de Bangkok, durante el acto de inauguración de los proyectos financiados este año por la Unión Europea en Tailandia.

06 Sep 2016 description
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Since 2011, the government of Myanmar has been involved in a low-intensity conflict with an internal ethnic insurgency, the Kachin Independence Army. With elections in early 2016, there is renewed hope of a peaceful settlement of the conflict.

Nonetheless, an estimated 96,400 people in Kachin and northern Shan states remain displaced as a result of the armed conflict that re-ignited in 2011. Approximately half of the displaced populations live in areas beyond government control, where local and national NGOs have access but most international organisations do not.

08 Mar 2016 description
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A low rumbling sound came down into the mountain valley. Instinctively, Felista Vung Lam Nian gathered her two boys and two girls and ran as fast as they could up the mountain to St. Francis of Xavier’s, the local Catholic Church.

She along with the other 29 families found shelter at the Church for the first weeks after the landslide which demolished all but two of the homes in this little hamlet outside of the remote village of Tonzang, 5 hours west of the Diocesan seat of Kalay in northwest Myanmar, near the border with India.

28 Sep 2015 description
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The monsoon rain fell fast and heavy when the wet season began in north and west Myanmar in July. The people here are resilient and prepare themselves the best they can; there is often some flooding, which causes damage to homes and crops. They are, however, very poor, and in some communities those who are able to have already left to try to find work – leaving the young and old behind and vulnerable to exploitation, hunger and ill health.

19 Aug 2015 description
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Caritas Australia is working with its local partner, Caritas in Myanmar (Karuna Mission Social Solidarity) in assisting those who’ve been impacted by Cyclone Komen, which brought heavy rains and some of the worst flooding in decades.

The UN reports that massive floods and strong winds have affected up to almost 600,000 people, across 12 states and regions. Floods have inundated more than 1 million acres of farmland.

30 Jul 2015 description
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By Alain Rodriguez, Caritas Europa

Wars, conflicts and persecution worldwide are pushing millions of people to take to the road with the hope of finding a better life somewhere else. They come to Europe from Eritrea, Iraq, Syria, Burma, Afghanistan and many other places where life is more about survival than anything else.

Show your solidarity with Greece

30 Jul 2015 description
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Cáritas. 30 de julio de 2015.- Ante le celebración, hoy 30 de julio, del Día Mundial contra la Trata de Personas, Cáritas Española llama la atención sobre la violación de derechos humanos que para millones de personas en todo el mundo supone esta denigrante forma de esclavitud moderna, que se estima que es el segundo negocio ilegal más lucrativo a nivel mundial.

19 Jun 2015 description
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Cáritas. 19 de junio de 2015.- Con motivo de la celebración mañana, 20 de junio, del Día Mundial del Refugiado, Cáritas Española suma su voz a la de Cáritas Europa para recordar que “lo que los refugiados necesitan con mayor urgencia es solidaridad”.

Falta de voluntad de la UE

Asimismo, señalamos que “la falta de voluntad de los responsables europeos para escuchar y ver el sufrimiento de los migrantes y refugiados que llegan a nuestras fronteras, supone matar el sueño de una Unión Europea líder en derechos humanos y la solidaridad”.

12 Nov 2014 description
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“My parents sent me here so I could go to school,” said Kay Doh*, a 13 year old boy who lives in a refugee camp on the Thai-Myanmar border. “There was no education in my village past Grade 4.”

Kay Doh comes from eastern Myanmar, home to the Karen people, the second largest ethnic group in the country. The Karen have been involved in a drawn out conflict against the Burman majority since 1948, just after Myanmar’s independence.

12 Jun 2014 description
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Mary Khin, social protection manager of Karuna Myanmar Social Services (Caritas Myanmar), describes how three children were saved from human traffickers who exploit people for money.

When three teenage boys in a village in Myanmar were looking for a job in late 2012, a man came forward with a plan. The man had previously worked in Yangon, the country’s capital, and sometimes came back to the village. He took the three boys to a play in another village, telling them he could find them jobs in Yangon if they left with him that night.

08 Aug 2013 description
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Cáritas. 8 de agosto de 2013.- Con motivo de la celebración, mañana 9 de agosto, del Día Internacional de las Poblaciones Indígenas, Cáritas Española pide que se respeten los derechos de estas comunidades, que muchas veces se ven vulnerados por los Gobiernos de los países donde viven o por los intereses económicos de las multinacionales.

29 Apr 2013 description
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The Caritas Annual Report shows our work in 2012 through five strategic priorities identified during the year: addressing poverty at home and abroad, responding to emergencies, upholding the dignity and rights of indigenous peoples, promoting environmental justice, and connecting effectively with our Catholic community.

Public donations topped $3 million last year, including a record Lent total of more than $900,000. We are grateful for the government’s New Zealand Aid Programme which contributed almost $1 million towards Caritas development and relief programmes.