UK aid agency CAFOD has joined other British NGOs working with vulnerable communities affected by the conflict in South Sudan, in welcoming the signing of the latest peace agreement, but warns that any sustainable peace in the country needs to include the critical role of civil society.
In their joint statement released to mark International Day of Peace, it says:
On International Day of Peace 21st September, we, the undersigned international NGOs, would like to draw attention to the urgent need for peace in South Sudan.
57 leaders of faith and religious organisations, groups and communities, call for national governments and their leaders to ensure that internally displaced people get the help they need
Following claims that Syrian government forces are preparing an attack on Idlib, aid agencies CAFOD and SCIAF have joined calls damning an attack which would cause vast human suffering for the millions of civilians trapped in the region.
Seven years since the beginning of the Syrian conflict, government forces have reclaimed most of Syria but according to a UN estimate, the disputed region of Idlib holds three million people.
The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has now reached a crucial point as cases are confirmed in a highly unstable area.
The Health Ministry in DRC has received reports of 111 cases of Ebola, with 83 confirmed and 28 probable, centred in North Kivu Provence. Of these cases, 14 healthcare workers have been infected, with one who has died.
Despite receding flood waters giving hope to the hundreds of thousands who are now homeless after the Kerala floods, CAFOD warns that families who have lost everything need to be protected against disease outbreaks in relief camps.
In the worst floods in a century, torrential rainfall in the Southwestern state of Kerala has left over 300 dead and hundreds of thousands homeless, with many still stranded, running out of clean water and food.
This week Brazil has closed and reopened its border with Venezuela, as the crisis continues to worsen, driving tens of thousands of Venezuelans to seek safety in neighbouring countries.
Esther Gillingham, CAFOD's Brazil Programme Officer said: "Since 2017, the impacts of the political and economic crisis in Venezuela have intensified resulting in increased violence, poverty and a persecution of social protest affecting hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans.
On 1 August 2018, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after confirming four new cases in the Mangina area, in the territory of Beni, North Kivu.
UK aid agency CAFOD is already working alongside local partners in the area and has contacted specialists in Caritas Congo who responded to the Ebola outbreak in Equateur province.
Bernard Balibuno, CAFOD's country representative in DRC, who is already on the ground, said:
At the time this report was written, 697 commitments had been made towards the Agenda for Humanity transformation 4A “Reinforce, do not replace, national and local systems.”
23 July 2018
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UK aid agency, CAFOD, calls on all those involved in Zimbabwe’s elections on the 30th of July, to demonstrate responsible leadership and do everything in their power to make the elections credible and successful.
“This is the most important election in the lifetime of many Zimbabweans, and they need to be free, fair, credible and peaceful”, said Dadirai Chikwengo, CAFOD’s Governance Advisor.
In the coming days a 'permanent' ceasefire will take effect in war-torn South Sudan, raising hopes that the country's five year brutal conflict will come to an end.
In response to the news of this latest ceasefire, Cathy Hynds, UK aid agency, CAFOD's South Sudan Country Representative said:
The 2017 Grand Bargain signatory reports on Workstream 2 evidence some encouraging progress on meeting the 6 localisation commitments to provide more support and funding tools for national and local responders. But it is slow and much of the progress is in the initial first steps. 4 signatories did not report anything on this workstream.
Ahead of the second round of Presidential Elections in Colombia on 17 June, CAFOD partner Monsignor Hector Fabio Henao, Director of Caritas Colombia (SNPS), and President of Colombia's National Peace Council, and CAFOD's Andes Country Representative, Barbara Davies, say that Colombia has reached a cross-road in pursuing a chance to achieve a sustainable peace in the country.
This statement is supported by: CAFOD, Christian Aid, Global One, Islamic Relief Worldwide, The Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities, Muslim Charities Forum, The Lutheran World Federation, The Salvation Army International, World Evangelical Alliance, and World Vision
The aid agency CAFOD has expressed horror at the loss of life in Gaza over recent days.
CAFOD's Middle East Country Representative, Mary Lucas, returned recently from Gaza.
She said: "We are deeply distressed by the loss of life in Gaza. People I met there spoke of hopelessness and despair, especially among the young, and they fear what will come next. The protests are intended to claim back dignity and tell the world the people of Gaza will not be forgotten."
A stark warning that South Sudan is “heading towards a scenario of despair” has been issued by the Caritas aid network in the country. Unending violence means millions of people need help just to survive from day to day.
“People are living in constant fear and insecurity, suffering mentally, physically and are starving,” Caritas South Sudan and its partners, which include CAFOD and Trocaire, warned after a meeting this month in the capital, Juba. “In the coming months heavy rains will add to the already untold suffering for the people.”
*This news release has been updated to reflect two additional signatories, bringing the final number to 47.
Des millions de personnes touchées par la crise humanitaire en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) sont exposées à une aggravation de la faim et à une augmentation des maladies et des décès en raison d’un manque crucial de financement de la réponse humanitaire, alerte une coalition réunissant 20 ONG internationales à l’occasion de la conférence des bailleurs se réunissant ce jour à Genève.
Millions of people caught up in a humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo risk rising levels of hunger, death and disease due to a lack of aid funding, a coalition of humanitarian organisations warned ahead of a conference in Geneva today.