Why does COP21 matter to the poorest and most vulnerable?

Why does COP21 matter to the poorest and most vulnerable?
A few days ago my mom called me. She wondered why I had to go to Paris as part of the Caritas delegation in COP21. She meant that environment wasn’t a topic that had anything to do with Caritas since our mission is to help people in need...
Let’s redress the injustice that climate change has on people’s fundamental rights
There are 650 million vulnerable people directly exposed to climate change in the world today. This is something that we at Caritas Europa have underlined time and again, particularly in our Food Security Report . These vulnerable people might eventually be forced to leave their homes and lands...

How climate change impacts people’s fundamental rights

How climate change impacts people’s fundamental rights
Last summer, with the precious support of Caritas Switzerland, I had the chance to visit Ethiopia. Once there, I spent a week in the Adigrat district, in the Tigrai region, and two weeks travelling throughout the country. The very first day, on the road between Mekelle and Adigrat,...

Happy Birthday Caritas Bosnia and Herzegovina!

On 3 November 2015, Caritas Bishops’ Conference of Bosnia and Herzegovina celebrated its 20 th anniversary in the presence of its partners, donors, friends and founders. The celebration started with a Holy Mass in Sarajevo Cathedral, where Caritas staff, bishops, priests, nuns, guests and the catholic community praised...

The failure of the EU migration response

The failure of the EU migration response
In an interview released to Afronline, Caritas Europa’s Head of Policy and Advocacy Unit, Shannon Pfohman, comments that “the current tendency in the EU to focus only on figures and costs rather than on people often makes our work more difficult. The existing economic paradigm has failed and...

SDGs: The battle for social justice continues

SDGs: The battle for social justice continues
It has been quite a long time since the international and the European communities started to brainstorm about the future of the Millennium Development Goals. These last 15 years definitely marked a new era surrounded by petitions, international campaigns, activism and the building up of new networks and...

Refugees face cold and rain in Serbia

Refugees face cold and rain in Serbia
Thousands of refugees enter Serbia every day on their route to Austria, Germany, Belgium and Sweden. They hope to start a better life. They’re looking for a life without the violence and terror they experienced in their home countries of Afghanistan, Syria or Iraq. Ana Zivkovic is a...
Photo: Patrick Nicholson/Caritas
“You wouldn’t put a child on a boat unless it’s safer than your home. Imagine this desperation”. These words were spoken by a mother who had fled Syria with her family and had just arrived to one of the Greek islands, where a Caritas Greece staff member provided...

Croatia welcomes refugees with hot cup of tea

100,000 refugees have crossed Croatia in 20 days. Credit: Caritas Croatia
“Schools are good in Sweden and I want my sons to grow up in safe environment where they can get a good education.” In one of the border crossings in Tovarnik, we meet Syrian refugee Akram. He speaks perfect Croatian after studying here 30 years ago. He is...

Syrians reflect on refugee option

A Syrian boy in an abandoned park in Lesbos, Greece, now a refugee camp. Credit: Patrick Nicholson/Caritas
Every time I watch the news showing refugees arriving to Europe, risking their lives and their children’s lives by throwing themselves into the sea to escape from Syria, I see in them only desperation. Five years of war means not just killing and blood. War means displacement, insecurity,...

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