A powerful earthquake registering 7.1 on the Richter scale hit Mexico City, the country’s capital, causing the deaths of at least 286 people and the collapse of many buildings as well as infrastructure failures. The earthquake struck barely two weeks after a violent 8.2-magnitude earthquake hit the south of the country, greatly affecting Oaxaca state and killing at least 90 people, and the country is continuing to experience aftershocks. Development and Peace – Caritas Canada has launched operations with local organizations to provide emergency aid for those affected.
Situation in Burma
As a result of renewed violence, which erupted on August 25, 2017 between the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army and the national army in northern Rakhine State in Burma, several hundreds of thousands of people from the Rohingya Muslim minority have been forced to flee their country to take refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh. Development and Peace – Caritas Canada has just supported its partner Caritas Bangladesh with $50,000 in emergency funds to provide aid to refugee families, focusing its efforts on saving lives by ensuring food distribution to more than 25,000 people. Read more
In addition, Development and Peace - Caritas Canada is co-signing a statement regarding the latest violence against the Rohingya population in Burma.
Read the statement
May Peace be With Her
Why are women essential to peacebuilding? Who better than four peacebuilders to answer that question! Watch this video to learn more about the role of women in preventing violence and building peace.
Supporting women is supporting peace!
Women play a vital role in conflict prevention and in building just, sustainable and inclusive peace. Let’s join our voices and ask the Canadian government to give women the resources they need to take their place at the heart of peacebuilding. Take action today!
A tribute to Fr. Bill Ryan, S.J.
William F. Ryan was a Jesuit priest, a Harvard-trained economist and one of the leading influences on the post-Vatican II church in Canada. He was a founding director of several important church-based organizations, including the Center of Concern in Washington D.C. and the Toronto-based Jesuit Forum for Social Faith and Justice where he continued to serve as advisor until his death on September 8, 2017 at the Jesuit residence in Pickering, Ontario. Read more