Caritas Bolivia and the Catholic Church are engaged in dialogue with the Bolivian government and leaders from social groups to find a peaceful solution to the conflict. Bolivian President Carlos Meza has offered up his resignation; however, the move has done little to improve the situation.
Caritas Bolivia is cooperating with the World Food Programme (WFP) to direct emergency food aid to the most vulnerable, namely children, the elderly, and the sick. The Diocesan Caritas of El Alto has also set out to identify needs stemming from the conflict. It is reported that hospitals in La Paz and El Alto urgently need food, oxygen, medicines, and supplies.
An emergency appeal is being put together in the coming days by Caritas Bolivia aimed at providing basic food, medicines, and medical and electrical supplies to those affected in La Paz and El Alto. Caritas United States (CRS), Caritas Spain, and other member organisations have expressed their willingness to assist once an appeal has been launched.
Caritas Internationalis is a confederation of 162 Catholic relief, development, and social service organisations present in over 200 countries and territories.
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Head of Communications, Caritas Internationalis
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