CAFOD expresses deep concern at the serious escalation in violence in South Sudan, as the conflict enters its fifth year; (15 December). People have seen their loved ones killed, their property looted and destroyed, and face dire living conditions in makeshift camps, struggling to keep themselves and their children alive, as the Country continues to unravel.
More than half a million people have fled to Bangladesh in little over a month, escaping violence in Rakhine State in neighbouring Myanmar.
CAFOD, the Catholic Church’s overseas aid agency in England and Wales, is responding to the crisis. With its experienced local partner, Caritas Bangladesh, it is providing newly arrived refugees with food, water and shelter, meeting their basic needs for survival.
CAFOD calls for a peaceful election when Kenyans go to the polls on 8 August. Catherine Ogolla, CAFOD’s Country Representative, based in Nairobi said: “The Kenyan people need a sustained commitment to peace, democracy and good governance which can only be achieved through peaceful and transparent elections.
“These are no ordinary elections; the world is watching and, we cannot afford for the social fabric of Kenyan society to be ripped apart again by violence.”
9 July marks the sixth anniversary of South Sudan’s independence, but the promise of the world’s youngest country is marred by hunger and conflict, as millions of people still face starvation.
After more than three years of conflict and insecurity, communities are now stretched to breaking point. The economy has collapsed, malnutrition has soared and hunger continues grip the lives of many.
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This role contributes to CAFOD’s commitment to empower local partners and communities to be at the forefront of humanitarian response. The purpose of the Humanitarian Capacity Strengthening Officer’s role is to support selected national and local NGOs to strengthen their ability to prepare for, influence and implement quality humanitarian programmes and strengthen the recruitment and management of local volunteers. This includes strengthening local organisation’s knowledge, practice, policies and systems across the following humanitarian areas: