Catholic aid agencies call for a new deal, as Syrian refugees hit more than five million
A group of Catholic aid agencies are calling on this week's Brussels Conference on Syria to recommit support to Syrians forced to flee, as more than five million Syrians - or a quarter of the country’s pre-war population - have been forced to cross borders and register as refugees in neighbouring countries.
The undersigned international and national NGOs and respective NGO coordination fora welcome the fact that the international community, under the impetus of the EU, is convening in Brussels to address and respond to the Syria crisis.
Thousands of indigenous and afro-Colombians living in the department of Chocó have found themselves fleeing for their lives as illegal armed groups fight for the control of territory, illegal mineral mining and lucrative drug-trafficking corridors.
SCIAF’s Programme Officer Percy Patrick explains how the agency is addressing the holistic needs of sexual violence survivors in the Great Lakes Region of Africa.
Continued support is vital for their recovery from a devastatingly traumatic experience. However, it is essential that help is directed at rebuilding their shattered family, economic and community structures.
Health, dignity and hope have been restored for many sexual and domestic violence survivors in eastern DR Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Burundi through a number of means:
On 1st December certificates were presented by the Provincial Minister of Health to fifteen doctors newly qualified to carry out advanced gynaecological and obstetric operations on rape victims in general hospitals throughout South Kivu. At the same ceremony specialist medical equipment was presented to each hospital by Bukavu Bureau Diocésain d'Oeuvres Médicales (BDOM).
3-year EU funded programme strengthens existing work
Sexual violence against civilians has become endemic in the Great Lakes region.