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08 Jun 2017 description
report Caritas

East Africa faces a massive humanitarian crisis. It threatens the lives and livelihoods of millions of people. Severe drought and violent conflict fuel food insecurity. Caritas is striving to respond to enormous challenges across the region.

Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and South Sudan are suffering from severe drought. Areas such as central and southern Somalia have registered only a third of their usual seasonal rainfall. Conflict is forcing people from their homes and restricts humanitarian access. The insecurity prevents food production and drives prices higher.

28 Apr 2017 description
report Caritas

“We are overstretched and as we speak we are receiving more patients,” said Dr. Mohamed Dahir, who as a medical doctor in Somalia is struggling to cope with high levels of malnutrition.

There is a massive influx of people into the region of Gedo in South Central Somalia where he works. They are fleeing drought. This has led to high levels of hunger in the area. The assistance available is not enough to keep up with the need.

22 Mar 2017 description
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  • Cáritas Perú distribuye en las últimas semanas 89 toneladas de ayuda humanitaria a 2.000 familias afectadas a causa de «El Niño»

  • Las Cáritas de Sudán del Sur, Etiopía, Somalia y Kenia afrontan la crisis de alimentos creada en el Cuerno de África por efecto de «La Niña»

21 Mar 2017 description
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“I was on my knees fixing IV drips to people’s arms as they lay on the ground,” said Abdi Tari Ali, who works for Caritas organisation Trócaire in Somalia. “I have treated cholera before, but I have never seen anything like this in terms of volume of sick people and lack of facilities.”

Abdi Tari Ali has just been in the Gedo region of Somalia. He manages the Trócaire Somalia Programme, but his background as doctor meant he scrubbed up to help overwhelmed staff. “There is no question of normal working hours. Staff are working 24 hour shifts to save lives”.

20 Jan 2017 description
report Caritas

Italy is opening a humanitarian corridor for refugees from Eritrea, South Sudan and Somalia with the support of Caritas. An agreement with the Italian government was signed last week.

The women, men and children will come from refugee camps in Ethiopia. Once in Italy, Caritas will help the refugees through the project “Protetto. Rifugiato a casa mia” (Protected: a refugee in my home) which is in its third year of helping house refugees with members of local communities in Italy.

16 Jun 2016 description

Geneva, 15 June 2016 — The world is facing the largest refugee crisis since WWII. At this year’s Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement (ATCR), 34 NGOs made an urgent call on all parties to support the UN Secretary General’s goal: for States to provide resettlement spaces and additional legal channels for at least 10 per cent of the global refugee population annually. This is the kind of bold responsibility sharing needed to respond to this historic challenge, the NGOs say.

Humane solution

06 Nov 2015 description
report Caritas

The events of 2015 in which hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants sought help in Europe show that walls and border security don’t prevent people from migrating, they just increase their suffering.

According to the United Nations Refugee Agency 59.5 million people were forced to emigrate from their places of origin due to armed conflicts, persecution, widespread violence and human rights violations by the end of 2014.

23 Jun 2015 description
report Caritas

De Chiara Brunelli, Caritas Italie au Djibouti

« Caritas, c’est chez nous ».

22 Jun 2015 description
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By Chiara Brunelli, Caritas Italiana in Djibouti

“Caritas est chez nous”

22 May 2014 description
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In situations where hygiene is poor and people’s health is weak, diarrhoea can be a killer disease. In fact, it’s the second cause of death of children under five worldwide.

When 20,000 Somali refugees suddenly arrived at the Kambioos refugee camp in Kenya there weren’t many toilet facilities and people weren’t that aware of the link between hygiene and disease.

Ahmed Hussein arrived as a refugee. He’s now a hygiene promoter in the camp. When he arrived conditions were difficult.

10 Oct 2012 description
report Caritas

Caritas is appealing for funds to help farming households in Somalia struggling with famine following a long-term drought.

Funds will support Catholic Relief Services (CRS – a US member of the Caritas confederation) who are working with local partners on a five month emergency programme in the neediest areas of south central Somalia.

CRS requires a total of US$2.6 million (€2 million) for the programme, which will run until March 2013. Of this, US1.9 million (€1.5 million) is sought among members of the Caritas confederation.

22 Aug 2012 description
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In a refugee camp in northern Kenya, someone is teaching people how to wash their hands properly. The demonstrator lathers the soap, pours water, and rubs her hands together in a circular motion. She works slowly and systematically, making sure her nails are clean too. A crowd of children gathers, watching. Their “teacher” is three years old.

The little girl, Farhiya, is probably saving some of her friends’ lives. Hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees like her are crowded into the camp, and disease spreads quickly. In East Africa, thousands of children die of diarrhea.

26 Jul 2012 description
report Caritas

776.967 euros se han destinado a la rehabilitación y 1.640.662 a emergencia

Cáritas. 26 de julio de 2012.- En julio de 2011 se declaró una grave crisis alimentaria en el Cuerno de África que afectó a Somalia, Eritrea, Yibuti, Etiopía y Kenia. A la llamada de emergencia que lanzaron las Cáritas de los países afectados a través de la red internacional de Cáritas, Cáritas Española respondió con 2.417.629 euros, de los cuales 776.967 se han destinado a la rehabilitación y 1.640.662 a emergencia.

SOMALIA

05 Oct 2011 description
report Caritas

"Drought triggered the current crisis, but it’s as much a manmade as natural disaster." said Caritas Internationalis Humanitarian Director Alistair Dutton

Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday 5 October highlighted the plight of 13 million people at risk in East Africa’s ongoing food crisis. Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and other parts of the region face a severe food crisis caused by drought, conflict and social injustice. Somalia is the first famine of the 21st century, with hundreds of thousands of people in danger and one in three children suffering from malnutrition.

21 Sep 2011 description

As NGOs who have worked in Somalia for decades, we are accustomed to the daily struggle to survive that is the reality for most Somalis. However, never before have we faced such acute suffering with so many lives at stake. Somalia is at a turning point. The next three months are critical; hundreds of thousands of lives hang in the balance. Efforts to increase assistance and prevent more deaths will not be enough unless accompanied by a dramatic change in approach. The humanitarian imperative of saving lives must override any political considerations at this crucial time.

15 Sep 2011 description
report Caritas

Paris, le 15 septembre 2011

Mi juillet, le Secours Catholique-Caritas France a lancé un appel aux dons et débloqué une première aide d’urgence de 300 000 euros. Une mission s’est rendue sur place pour évaluer les besoins et rencontrer le réseau Caritas présent, afin d’organiser la réponse humanitaire adéquate.

05 Sep 2011 description
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Tomarán contacto con las Cáritas locales para reforzar la respuesta a las necesidades de los damnificados y definir las líneas conjuntas de trabajo a medio y largo plazo en toda la región.

5 de septiembre de 2011.- Dos expertas del Área de Cooperación Internacional de Cáritas Española llegarán esta noche a Nairobi para iniciar una visita de una semana de duración con el objetivo de evaluar en el terreno cuál está siendo la respuesta de la red Cáritas a las necesidades de los damnificados por la hambruna en el Cuerno de África.

29 Aug 2011 description
report Caritas

In Somalia, drought and ongoing conflict have reached crisis levels and affect over half of the population. More than 250,000 Somalis have fled their country in 2011 alone. The mass movement of rural Somalis across the border to Kenya has put significant pressure on already overcrowded refugee camps in Kenya.

Caritas Internationalis is appealing for €3,684,050 ($5 million US) to build water and sanitation facilities in a new refugee camp outside of Dadaab, Kenya, near the Somali border.

28 Aug 2011 description
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(Extract)

Caritas committed for the long haul in Horn o f Africa

‘It’s pretty grim: bone dry, massive depletion in livestock numbers, notable increases in malnutrition, and as a result disease outbreak (measles, acute watery diarrhoea) among children.’ With these words, Conor O’Loughlin of Trócaire (Caritas Ireland) updates the situation in Ethiopia, as the worst drought in 60 years tightens its grip in the Horn of Africa.

26 Aug 2011 description
report Caritas

Cáritas. 26 de agosto de 2011.- En el marco global de la respuesta fraterna que Cáritas Española, con el apoyo generoso de miles de donantes españoles, está aportando a las distintas Cáritas del Cuerno de Africa para paliar los devastadores efectos de la hambruna en la región, va a liberarse en los próximos días una partida de 300.000 euros con destino al plan de emergencia que acaba de lanzar Cáritas Etiopía. Se trata de una operación urgente para garantizar ayuda alimentaria durante los próximos 8 meses a 65.000 damnificados en las diócesis de Adigrat, Hossana, Soddo, Meki y Harar.