Emergencies

South Sudan struggles for peace three years after independence

July 8, 2014
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Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer

It should be a day of celebration in South Sudan today. July 9th marks the third anniversary of the country’s hard-fought independence. Instead, the population lives amidst conflict and terror, the threat of hunger and disease looming large. The country was recently named the most fragile state in the world by the Fund for Peace, claiming the title which was previously held by Somalia. 

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In Burundi: Shelter Found After Torrential Rains

July 8, 2014
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Khoudia Ndiaye, Communications Officer

On the night of February 9-10, residents of the northern neighborhoods of Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, woke up to grieve for themselves and their fellow citizens. The neighborhoods were submerged as a result of major floods. Torrential rains caused a destructive mix of water and sediments to flood these areas, causing 76 deaths, including some children, and 708 injuries.

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There are 2.8 million Syrian refugees and each has a face and a name

June 20, 2014
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Kelly Di Domenico
Yahia Khaled is a Syrian refugee in Jordan.

The conflict in Syria has been ongoing for over three years now, and it has forced 2.8 million to flee the country. It is a shocking number that makes us take a moment to reflect on the sheer number of people who have abandoned their homes to escape the violence. Yet such a large number can make us lose sight that it represents 2.8 million individuals, each with a name and a story, each who had a home and a history that was all left behind with only bits and pieces carried away in a suitcase.

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Good Friday killing of priest in Central African Republic

April 25, 2014
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Khoudia Ndiaye, Communications Officer

This past Good Friday was marked by the tragic death of Fr. Christ Forman Wilibona, a priest in the diocese of Bossangoa in the northwest of Central African Republic (CAR), who was assassinated. Reports say he was shot six times by armed men while riding on a motorcycle through traffic. He was on his way to Paoua where he was the parish priest at Saint Kisito church.

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Dealing with the drought in Namibia

April 14, 2014
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Khoudia Ndiaye, Communications Officer

Namibia is the 34th largest country in the world and receives the least rainfall in sub-Saharan Africa. Last summer, the country faced its worst drought in 30 years. Almost half of the population, or 1 million people, has suffered from or still suffers from hunger today.

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Syria: Development and Peace partner wins award for its work

April 4, 2014
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Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer

Each year, Pax Christi International, a global Catholic peace movement and network that works to help establish peace, respect for human rights, justice and reconciliation in areas of the world that are torn by conflict, gives out the Pax Christi International Peace Award to honour an individual or organization taking a stand for peace in the world today.

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South Sudan: Renewed conflict displaces nearly one million people

March 18, 2014
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Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer

Since becoming its own nation in 2011, South Sudan has struggled to establish a society of peace and democracy. Lingering tensions that exist between various armed political and ethnic groups, which pre-date the creation of the country, were re-ignited in December 2013, when clashes erupted in the capital Juba. Since then, violence has spread to other parts of the country.

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Syria: Three years of crisis

March 14, 2014
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Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer

March 15th marks three years since Syria entered into a civil war that has had devastating impacts on the Syrian population and enormous repercussions on the entire region of the Middle East. This crisis shows few signs of abating, and the humanitarian needs continue to rise with each passing day that this crisis endures.

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Still 200,000 people without a real home

January 10, 2014
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Gilio Brunelli, Directeur of International Programs

On the eve of the fourth anniversary of the earthquake that struck Haiti, there are neither particular preparations nor special expectations in the streets of Port-au-Prince. There are no plans on the part of civil society, and there are only rumours that the government will organize something to commemorate this sad event. But three days before the fateful moment, we still do not know what the nature or scope of this “thing” will be. Nobody has the heart for it anyway.

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Haiti: the complex world of reconstruction

January 10, 2014
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Gilio Brunelli, Director of International Programs

No need to be in Haiti itself to realize that the world of reconstruction of this country is both disparate and complex, and to see the variety of initiatives that have burst on the scene there. In Miami airport, where I wait for my flight to Port-au-Prince, I notice a group of men and women dressed as "volunteers." It says in red and bold characters on their shirts “Volunteer work for Haitian children." In their case, it's clear; they are going to Haiti for the children. I then observe a couple in their fifties with a guitar.

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