The Caritas State of the Environment for Oceania Report: Waters of Life, Oceans of Mercy - Releases today
Climate action should prioritise the poor – Caritas Report
In its fifth environment report for Oceania, Caritas has called for an integrated approach to tackling climate change that prioritises the needs of the poor. The call comes ahead of the release of a Special Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.
A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck just off the coast of Sulawesi island, Indonesia on Friday 28 September. The earthquake caused a tsunami with waves 6 meters high in the city of Palu. A Caritas emergency team is making its way to Palu to assess the needs of the Indonesia tsunami and earthquake survivors.
Please donate to our Indonesia tsunami relief appeal to help us respond
Kerala saw the unprecedented flood in a century, with some hilly districts also facing the landslides. The situation was aggravated by the release of water from 32 dams in the state. While Caritas India has been responding in several districts, Thrissur district is geared up to deliver child focused response through institution of Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) in 13 villages of 8 blocks. The response will directly cover 1000 infants and 2000 school going children, with baby kits and educational and recreation support, while indirectly, many more children will be covered through the CFS.
Jessie cannot help but stare at the wreckage of his house. It was destroyed by super typhoon Mangkhut, which tore through the Philippines earlier this month. Over 1.5 million people were affected.
“It felt really bad that I need to clear debris from the remains of our house,” said the 50-year-old construction worker from Baguio City. “This is not what I do. I build houses. I don’t pull them down.”
Lubumbashi, September 25, 2018 (caritasdev.cd): In Kapombo village, a year ago women and children had to travel 4 to 5 km to grind corn. During the rainy season, if the wife came home late because she had to wait for the rain to end, it was a problem. The husband could beat her for having waited for a long time for his meal, or because he suspected her of using the rain as an excuse to go and slash with her lovers.
Lubumbashi, le 25 septembre 2018 (caritasdev.cd) : Au village Kapombo, il y a une année les femmes et les enfants devaient parcourir 4 à 5 kms pour faire moudre le maïs. Pendant la saison des pluies, si l'épouse rentrait tard chez elle parce qu'elle avait dû attendre la fin de la pluie, c'était tout un problème.
Lina’s family has suffered death, hunger, homelessness and been deprived of basic necessities because of Syria’s civil war.
They live in Eastern Ghouta, an area that had endured “the longest running siege in modern history”, the UN said in a recent report.
In April 2013, pro-government forces encircled what was then a militant-controlled area bordering Damascus, the capital of Syria. Its inhabitants were bombed and denied food and medicine until its capture by President Bashar al-Assad’s Russian-backed forces in April this year.
A deadly Philippines typhoon that crossed the country on 14-15 September has caused extensive damage and disruption.
Typhoon Mangkhut (locally named Ompong) affected more that 270,000 people in 30 provinces as the storm damaged houses, crops and livelihoods.
Roads and bridges are blocked by landslides and the electricity supply is down. 138,000 people were forced into 1,250 evacuation centres and 16,191 people are staying with relatives or friends.
Thousands of people are being evacuated in the Philippines ahead of Super Typhoon Mangkhut, which is expected to the island of Luzon early Saturday.
The massive storm, known locally as Typhoon Ompong, is the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane, has wind speeds of up to 285 km per hour (180 mph).
Around 4.3 million people could be exposed to the storm, the majority of them poor and vulnerable.
How Caritas Philippines is preparing for Typhoon Mangkhut
To escape Islamic State militants, Fowziah Daher, a widow and mother of four children, hid alone for several days in a Syrian olive field.
She and her family had been seeking refuge at a farm when the militants arrived. She told her children to run away without her. The family had just come on foot from another shelter. She was too tired to move.
“I promised to follow when I had the chance,” said Fowziah. Her children fled and Fowziah took cover in the field. Despite bullets pinging around her, she survived by lying low and eating fallen olives.
When storms pass over the island of Tongatapu, Tonga there are no areas that are particularly protected, no big hills that might offer shelter from the prevailing wind.
Caritas is distributing food to survivors of Kerala floods, declared as the Indian state’s worst in living memory. Through the solidarity and support of International and national stakeholders, Caritas India shall be providing food, clean water, shelter and assistance on livelihoods to over 50,000 families in the next one year.
A High Level Conference on the Lake Chad Region is taking place in Berlin, Germany, 3-4 September. Africa’s Lake Chad region, which includes parts of Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon, is facing a massive humanitarian crisis driven by poverty, climate change and conflict.
Militant group Boko Haram has been fighting for at least nine years in northeast Nigeria, raiding across the border into the region’s three other countries. More than 30,000 people have been killed and 2.7 million displaced.
Nearly 500 people have died in a series of earthquakes and aftershocks on Indonesia’s Lombok island over the last month. The deadly quakes have caused hundreds of millions of dollars of damage, prompted tens of thousands to flee their homes and destroyed hospitals, schools and homes.
Caritas has helped with the relief effort, providing food packages for over 3000 people, along with hygiene kits, tarpaulins, blankets and sleeping mats.
Comunicado de diversas entidades, representativas de muy amplios y diversos sectores de la sociedad civil
Kisantu, le 22 août 2018-(caritasdev.cd) : La deuxième phase du Programme de sécurité alimentaire au niveau du diocèse de Kisantu, dans le Sud-ouest de la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC), a été effectivement lancée en ce mardi le 21 aout 2018 par un représentant de Mme l’Administrateur du Territoire de Kasagulu, dans le Kongo central.
Caritas is distributing food to survivors of Kerala floods, declared as the Indian state’s worst in living memory. Caritas Internationalis has launched a €1.1 million global appeal to support Caritas India. They will provide food, clean water, shelter and assistance on livelihoods to 43,000 people over 12 months.
The Kerala floods have left over 350 people dead, thousands marooned, forced 1.4 million people from their homes into relief camps. The damaged caused by the floods total over US$2.84 billion.
It’s being called the flood of the century. Torrential rains & strong winds over three weeks have devastated God’s own country, Kerala. It has already received 30% more rain than its annual average; rains in the state often last till November.
34 dams are spewing water, 44 rivers are in spate. 12 of the state’s 14 districts are submerged. 36 locations are battling landslides. More than Rs 11,000 crore in damages. Such devastation was last seen in 1924, long before Indian Independence.
Kinshasa, le 08 août 2018 – (caritasdev.cd) : En ces jours sur terrain, le Bureau Diocésain de Développement de Kisantu ou BDD Kisantu, dans le Sud-ouest de la RD. Congo, est en train de mener les activités de démarrage de la nouvelle phase du programme d’appui à la sécurité alimentaire et renforcement des capacités économiques de ménages ruraux dans les territoires de Lubero, Samba, Kasangulu et Kongolo. Il s’agit cette fois d’une phase de 4 ans.