There is no home for the displaced in Mali

August 21, 2012
Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer
Pastor Cissé with displaced children from the North of Mali

On my last day in Mali, I went to visit a centre in Bamako that is hosting 16 displaced families (98 people) who have fled the North of the country due to conflict there. Rebel groups have taken over several cities and have declared independence of this northern region, which stretches out towards the desert. In addition, some of the rebel groups are transforming the territory into an Islamic fundamentalist state by imposing sharia law. They have desecrated churches and even destroyed ancient mosques that they view as idolatrous.

When you are in difficulty, to find someone to help you is a joy

August 17, 2012
Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer
Sara Doua, a widow at a food distribution organized by Caritas Mali

In the early morning Malian sun, members of Caritas Mali are getting organized for the first food distribution to take place in the Diocese of Sikasso. They are setting up rows of chairs, scales to measure out the beans, maize and oil that will be distributed to 93 households in the region and even some speakers to play music. Already, people are beginning to arrive with their carts pulled by donkeys, parking them one next to the other. Even the mayor has come to help launch the distribution.

When the market is too expensive

August 13, 2012
Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer
Karya Sagare and her son at a subsidized food sale

Karya Sagare’s granddaughter is sticking close to the skirt of her grandmother. Despite the heat, she is wearing a sweater with a hood that covers her head. Her eyes are listless as she quietly follows her grandmother through a church courtyard Karya explains that her granddaughter is not feeling well. She brought her to the doctor once, but can’t afford to bring her again. The trip to the doctor also ate into what little money Karya had put aside to purchase food for her family, which includes four children and two grandchildren.

What if international aid was used as prevention rather than as a cure?

July 12, 2012
Josianne Gauthier, Deputy Executive Director

“Every dollar invested into disaster preparedness saves seven dollars in disaster aftermath.”

That is the theme of the new Act Now, Save Later campaign just launched by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which denounces the fact that only 1% of international aid is allocated to reduce the impact of disasters. For the past ten years, nearly one million people have been killed by disasters, causing more than a trillion dollars in losses.

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