Emergencies

Two days of emotions in the Philippines

August 22, 2014
by 
Arthur Peters, Executive Director, ShareLife Toronto

Arthur Peters is the Executive Director of ShareLife of the Archdiocese of Toronto. He is part of a delegation visiting Development and Peace projects in response to Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in the Philippines.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve thought alot about the people who were on the Malaysian airliner that was shot down last month. The passengers were likely eating a meal, watching a movie, or speaking with one another, and in an instant it was all over.

A spirit that can’t be broken, even after a typhoon

August 20, 2014
by 
Kelly Di Domenico

It’s been nine months since Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) barrelled through the Philippines, yet evidence of its gale force winds and crushing waves are still very visible all around the city of Tacloban, one of the worst-hit areas. Although debris has been cleared from the roads, at times it feels as if it has simply been pushed to the side. Gnarled metal reaches out towards the sky, surrounded by collapsed walls. Nearly every structure has some part of it that is bent, shattered, twisted or simply missing.

A race for experience on the post-Haiyan solidarity tour of the Philippines

August 20, 2014
by 
Fran Lucas, Second Vice-President of the Catholic Women’s League

Fran Lucas, of the Catholic Women’s League, is a member of the Development and Peace delegation visiting Typhoon Haiyan-affected communities in the Philippines.

In Niger, an ocher landscape tinged with green in the middle of the Sahel

August 12, 2014
by 
Stéphane Vinhas

We are travelling down a paved road in western Niger, on our way to the village of Garbay Tombo, which is participating in a project being spearheaded by Caritas Niamey. The horizon is ocher, dotted with greenery. There are trees scattered here and there and shoots of millet struggling to emerge from the ground, hampered in their efforts by the absence of regular rainfall. On the side of the road, a herd of magnificently horned cattle are lumbering along slowly, laboriously, in the sweltering heat. They head to a muddy water hole where they can slake their thirst.

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Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga calls for just peace in Gaza

August 1, 2014
by 
Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga

Since early July, almost two million Palestinians in Gaza and people in Israel have been caught up in a devastating war. People have no safe place to hide when the bombs rain down on the densely-populated, small stretch land that is Gaza. They see their children slaughtered, their neighbourhoods razed to the ground and all hopes for a future of peace torn to shreds.

The battlefield is neighbourhoods full of children, women and men. It contains hospitals over-burdened with the injured and dead and schools which are being bombed even if they are meant to offer refuge.

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Hygiene awareness for Somali refugees in Kenya

July 21, 2014
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Khoudia Ndiaye, Communications Officer

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Cooperative providing new options and opportunities in Ethiopia

July 21, 2014
by 
Khoudia Ndiaye, Communications Officer

Along the main road running through Surupa village, several women are removing loads of jerrycans from the backs of their donkeys. There are hundreds of jerry cans full of camel milk lining the road. A few minutes later, a public bus stops by the highway, and everyone becomes busy loading the jerry cans onto the top of the bus.

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Securing homes for the homeless after Typhoon Haiyan

Increasing violence in Iraq creates humanitarian crisis

July 11, 2014
by 
Gilio Brunelli, Director of International Programs

The recent offensive that was launched by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) throughout Iraq has caused the displacement of 1.2 million Iraqis, who are trying to escape violence and terror. Following attacks and retaliation by other groups, the situation is evolving by the day.

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Challenges to achieving peace in the Central African Republic and repercussions of the situation for the region

July 10, 2014
by 
Khoudia Ndiaye, Communications Officer

Stéphane Vinhas is an Emergency Programs Officer at Development and Peace. In this interview, he provides an alarming portrait of the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) and the impact of the turmoil on the surrounding countries, especially Chad.

What’s been happening in the Central African Republic over the last few months?

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