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07 Feb 2013 description
report Caritas Australia

Caritas Australia, the international aid and development organisation of the Catholic Church, has welcomed the government’s commitment of $10 million to help victims of the conflict in Mali, but said Australia now needed to use its influence in the UN Security Council to ensure vital food security in the land-locked West African country.

West Africa has already been ravaged by a food crisis and the recent escalation in violence in Mali has further exacerbated the food security problem.

09 Aug 2012 description
report Caritas Australia

In the year 2012 it’s hard to imagine 18 million men, women and children in nine countries are confronted with the frightening reality they may not have enough food to eat and many of them may die.

It’s even harder to imagine those same people can’t get Australia’s, much less the world’s attention, at a time when much can still be done to avert catastrophe.

I do wonder why this is so and all I can come up with is that no-one knows much about the West African nations of Burkina Faso, Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Chad, northern Nigeria or northern Cameroon.

18 Jul 2012 description
report Caritas Australia

Scores of people across the Sahel remain in grave danger as the ongoing food crisis unfolds, but where there is support there is hope.

More than 18 million people are in danger across nine West African countries including Burkina Faso, Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Chad, northern Nigeria and northern Cameroon.

06 Jun 2012 description
report Caritas Australia

Ali Zang comes from the fertile south of Chad. His family was not wealthy but neither were they poor. All of his six brothers and sisters attended school and received good education.

To Ali's father, this was more important than to ensure three meals a day. Ali studied agronomy and economy in Senegal and France. After graduation, he returned back home.

Today, Ali lives with his wife, two children and four other relatives in Chad’s capital, N'Djamena.

09 May 2012 description
report Caritas Australia

Nine nations and more than 15 million men, women and children are on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe as severe droughts, poor harvests, conflict and rising food prices cripple West Africa.

In 2011, with support from the Australian Government and the Australian community, over $7 million was raised for our East Africa appeal.

In 2012, another crisis has been looming in recent months with the nations of Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, Gambia, Chad, Mauritania, northern Nigeria and northern Cameroon now facing severe food insecurity.

11 Aug 2005 description
report Caritas Australia

Background

North- South Civil War

Sudan has faced a long drawn out civil war over the last 20 years between the North and South of the country. The rebel Sudan People's Liberation Army had been fighting a guerrilla war against the Government of Sudan with the objective of gaining greater autonomy and services for the people of the mainly Christian and Animist south of the country. On January 9 2005 a peace agreement between the North and South was finally signed and ended the conflict.