It’s time to hear the stories of women and girls when shaping asylum and integration policies!
“I left Eritrea together with 64 men, women and children, most of whom were relatives, in December 2012. Our journey took more than 11 months, we walked through 5 countries. I was kidnapped three times by desert gunman and gang raped. I narrowly survived the sinking of a...
Caritas Kyiv’s “Child Friendly Space” helps internally displaced children integrate
“Child Friendly Space” - a development and leisure centre for children - has been operating in Kyiv for almost a year. It aims to provide psychological and social support and care to internally displaced (IDP) children from areas of military conflict in the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine...

Ethiopia: stories from a land of drought – Tigray

Ethiopia: stories from a land of drought – Tigray
In Ethiopia, the impact of the failed spring belg rains (March-May) was compounded by the arrival of El Niño weather conditions that weakened the mainkiremt rains (June-Sept) that feed 80 to 85 per cent of the country. This greatly expanded food insecurity and malnutrition and devastated livelihoods. The...

Ethiopia: stories from a land of drought – Meja Lalu

Ethiopia: stories from a land of drought – Meja Lalu
Today, I am driving to Meja Lalu with Tefere. He worked there for many years and the people there know him well. As soon as we are outside of the somewhat sheltered streets of the town Meki, we find ourselves exposed to the full force of the dry...

Migration & development: allow solidarity to overcome fear

Migration & development: allow solidarity to overcome fear
A couple of weeks ago CONCORD, the European NGO confederation for relief and development, launched a spotlight report on “Migration and Development”. Caritas Europa dedicated a lot of attention to this moment and to the contents of the report itself. This was not only because the chair of...

Rebuilding a village in the south of Georgia

Rebuilding a village in the south of Georgia
350,000 people were forced to leave their homes and start a new life in other parts of Georgia after the war started in Abkhazia and South Ossetia in 2008. This is the story of three refugee women, brought together by their desire to rebuild the community of the...

Triton: the difference between acting and reacting

Photo: Natalia Tsoukala for Caritas Internationalis
Now that the flux of migrants arriving at the doors of Europe is decreasing (fear not, it will rise again with the end of the winter), it is vital to go to the heart of the problem and look at one of the causes of these arrivals: EU...
Blog: A true Christmas carol -  The Caritas volunteer who moved earth and heaven to save a family
This is a true story but the names have been changed. Jenny was a volunteer at Caritas Athens' Refugee Centre. She came from Germany to help for one week. She was full of energy and always available to help. One doesn't need to be a rocket-scientist to understand...
10.000 volunteers celebrate the 25th anniversary of Caritas Slovenia
Caritas Slovenia celebrated recently its 25 th anniversary. I had the opportunity to be part of this big celebration of Caritas and volunteering. 10.000 volunteers are active in the Caritas network all over the country. The celebration started with a pilgrimage and holy mass in the magnificent Saint...
Building a sustainable future: Which economic policies are needed in order to ensure competitive and fair societies?
We’re past the halfway mark of the Europe 2020 strategy and far from reaching the targets. Today, and due to the austerity measures, around 5 million people more live in poverty than only five years ago. In Caritas, in our local social services and parishes we observe, backed...

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