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Don't Miss A New Leaf!

March 8, 2013
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Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer
Image from the new documentary A New Leaf

Last week, Development and Peace sponsored a series of premieres of the new Salt and Light documentary A New Leaf, which features the response of Development and Peace to the food crisis in the Sahel region of West Africa, in five Canadian cities across the country.

Mali: growing number of refugees in neighbouring countries

January 30, 2013
by 
Khoudia Ndiaye, Communications Officer
The refugees are arriving in one of the most arid parts of Burkina Faso. They’ve arrived with nothing. They need food, shelter, medical care and fuel. Photo: Simone Stefanelli/Caritas

According to figures from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, more than 7,500 Malians have fled their country in the last two weeks. The intensification of fighting has compelled entire families, some of them in car or truck, others on foot or on the backs of donkeys, to seek refuge in neighbouring countries (mainly in Niger, Burkina Faso and Mauritania).

Palestinian Territories: International day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

November 28, 2012
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Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer
Children in Gaza City suffer poverty, exclusion and fear. Caritas Jerusalem believes recognition of Palestinian statehood at the United Nations will pay peace dividends both sides of the border. Credit: Katie Orlinsky/Caritas 2010

The recent violence in the Gaza Strip was a stark reminder of the fragility of peace in the Holy Land. Caught in the crossfire, civilians suffered many losses and injuries over the eight days of fighting. Although there is currently a ceasefire in place, the population continues to experience the humanitarian impacts of living in a conflict zone, where violence can erupt at any moment, and insecurity is a constant shadow that looms over the potential for a better future.
 

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Congo: Call for action to end violence in DRC

November 23, 2012
by 
Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer
Kanyaruchinya camp North of Goma where 38,000 displaced seek assistance and protection from the conflict.

The capture of the city of Goma by ‘M23’ rebels in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been a major cause for concern for the security of the local population. Ongoing violence in the DRC since 1996 has led to five million deaths and this latest incident has caused the displacement of an estimated 100,000 people.

New video on food crisis in the Sahel

August 31, 2012
by 
Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer

Over 18 million people are suffering from food shortages in the Sahel region of West Africa and Development and Peace is helping. To learn more about our response with our partners in the region, watch On the Brink: Hunger in the Sahel, a new video produced in collaboration with Salt+Light TV.

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

August 17, 2012
by 
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.

Development and Peace supports aid to cyclone victims in Madagascar

June 28, 2012
by 
Guy Des Aulniers, Emergency Programs Officer

Last February, Cyclone Giovanna and Tropical Storm Irina, swept through the African island-nation of Madagascar, causing major damage in many communities. According to local officials, there were over 330,000 people affected by the storms, including 111 deaths, 299 people injured, three reported missing and 55,060 who were displaced. As the cyclones coincided with the period between harvests, seasonal food insecurity was heightened in many communities.

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Bringing aid to the displaced in eastern DRC

June 22, 2012
by 
Guy Des Aulniers, Emergency Programs Officer
Thousands have been displaced in the DRC by conflict

Recent conflict between the supporters of General Bosco Ntaganda and the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) in North Kivu has led to the massive displacement of thousands of people in the region.

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Michel Roy, Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis, visits Development and Peace

March 1, 2012
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Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer
Michel Roy, Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis

The Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis (CI), Michel Roy, was in Montreal this week to visit the head office of Development and Peace, as part of a tour of the Americas that included visits with CI members Caritas Haiti and Catholic Relief Services in the United States. Development and Peace is the Canadian member of CI, which is a federation of 164 Catholic aid and development organizations worldwide.

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