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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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Rebuilding a community one house at a time

July 10, 2014
by 
Maureen Sonntag, Member of Development and Peace

Today, we travelled to Caisawan in the province of Eastern Samar to actively participate in the Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) Shelter Recovery Program. The money for this program has come from Canadians who donated to Development and Peace’s emergency appeal to help those who experienced the devastating impacts of Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the central part of the Philippines on November 8, 2013.

Celebrating new homes after Typhoon Haiyan

July 9, 2014
by 
Lynda Paziuk, Member of Development and Peace

A group of twelve Development and Peace members from the Prairies and the Atlantic provinces, accompanied by two staff members, are on a solidarity trip to the Philippines.

Many remain vulnerable to hunger in the Sahel

July 9, 2014
by 
Khoudia Ndiaye, Communications Officer
Domo Damani and her granddaughter trek home after visiting a Caritas centre in Niger

Two years after the serious humanitarian crisis that affected 16 million people in the Sahel region of West Africa, Development and Peace remains on alert. In 2013, the situation improved slightly, but the harvest was still not plentiful enough to fill the gaps, and the ongoing conflict in Mali continued to destabilize the population. Thousands of vulnerable families are still confronted with hunger and growing poverty.

South Sudan struggles for peace three years after independence

July 8, 2014
by 
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
by 
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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Cassava cooperative changing lives

July 7, 2014
by 
Laura Perfili, Member of Development and Peace

A group of twelve Development and Peace members from the Prairies and the Atlantic provinces, accompanied by two staff members, are on a solidarity trip to the Philippines.

T'Boli indigenous community faces an uncertain future

July 5, 2014
by 
Danny Gillis, Animator for the Atlantic Provinces

A group of twelve Development and Peace members from the Prairies and the Atlantic provinces, accompanied by two staff members, are on a solidarity trip to the Philippines.

Honduras: Protecting a precious water source threatened by a dam

July 4, 2014
by 
Mary Durran, Latin America Programs Officer

The small town of San Francisco is nestled between the blue cloud-wrapped mountains and verdant tropical forests of the Pico Bonito National Park, and the sultry fruit-producing plains of the northern Atlantic coast of Honduras. A former banana plantation that borders the park has been replaced by pineapples for export. It is a community where no one goes hungry – even the stray dogs and cats look well-fed – but healthcare is precarious and jobs are few. Many youth have migrated to the US in search of opportunities.