With the crisis in Syria entering into its eighth year this week, Caritas Australia continues to support children who have been displaced by the war in Syria, which is now the largest displacement crisis in the world since World War II.
Caritas Australia, the Catholic Church’s international aid and development agency, is bringing hope to Syrian refugee children through education.
12 year-old Bayan, one of the 5.6 million Syrian refugees who have sought sanctuary in the neighbouring countries in the region, is living with her family in Jordan.
Local Caritas staff, partners and volunteers, part of the Caritas international network, continue to respond with emergency assistance, following the devastating impact of Cyclone Tembin in the Philippines.
Cyclone Tembin 17, known locally as Typhoon Vinta, made landfall in Caraga municipality, around 254 km from Davao city, on December 24. It devastated communities in the southern Philippines, causing flash floods and landslides.
Local Caritas staff, partners and volunteers, part of the Caritas international network, are already responding with emergency assistance and support to those on the ground, following the devastating impact of Cyclone Tembin.
Cyclone Tembin 17, known locally as Typhoon Vinta, made landfall in Caraga municipality, around 254 km from Davao city, on December 24. It has devastated communities in the southern Philippines, with early reports of at least 180 people dead. Caritas Australia is contributing $50,000 AUD to the needs of affected peoples.
The Caritas network is responding to the relief effort in Iran and Iraq, after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Middle Eastern countries on Sunday 12 November.
Iran’s province of Kermanshah has been heavily affected by the earthquake, with over 530 people dead and over 8,000 people injured. In Iraq, there has been close to 10 fatalities, with over 500 people injured. Most of those affected by the earthquake in Iraq are located in the Darbandikhan region.
Eight of Australia’s major humanitarian organisations have issued a joint plea for urgent funds to help more than a million people who have fled extreme violence in Myanmar.
The new initiative is a reflection of the severity of the situation in Myanmar and Bangladesh—the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world.
The mass movement of people to the Cox’s Bazar region of Bangladesh has become increasingly desperate.