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Thesis about rice in Philippines was awarded

The research paper entitled “Rice and Vegetable Value Chains Affecting Small-Scale Farmers in the Philippines” authored by Dr. Buenaventura Dargantes, Cheryl Batistel, and Joviel Teves and published by Caritas Czech Republic was cited as an international book publication by the Visayas State University.

Read more HERE.

South Sudan – the worst hunger and violence of the last 15 years

“My body was shaking from hunger,” said Julia Kefi, a 65 year old widow living in Rajaf, a rural village in South Sudan. “So I set off at 7 am to find wild vegetables and am returning now at midday. Food in the bush is becoming scarce. Once that’s finished, we will wait for death.” Sometimes Julia is too weak to make the arduous trip into the bush. “We share so that everyone makes it to the end of the day,” she said. Read more on a new webiste of Caritas Internationalis dedicated to South Sudan (HERE).

Two years after the earthquake in Nepal, Nirjala again believes in the future

Nepal was struck by devastating earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale on April 25, 2015. Several thousand people have died and many people were injured. The tragedy has caused enormous material damage, especially in the Sindhupalchok region. Caritas Czech Republic together with Caritas Swiss and their partners support the renovation of primary and secondary schools here. 

"All my memories about Raqqa are wonderful," said Rabba Lissa

"Life in Raqqa used to be good We had sheep, some land, water. When the problems with ISIS started there, we left for Damascus. We managed to get out before they cut the roads. All my memories about Raqqa are wonderful. ISIS are not good. They stole our land, they killed people. By the time we’d left, there were no jobs left. People were very afraid. We sold our properties and left. Now the house and the farm land have been completely destroyed by the bombing," said Rabba Lissa (60). Read more HERE.

Cardinal Tagle suggests “meet a migrant” and spread the Easter spirit

"My family began with the migration of a child. My maternal grandfather was born in China. His mother was very poor so she sent her son with a relative who travelled to the Philippines – and that’s where I was born and grew up," said Cardinal Antonio Tagle. Read all his Easter message on a caritas.org.

Abeer Al Hasan still believe in a future of Syria

“We had to leave our home because of the fighting. My husband passed away seven months ago. He stepped on a landmine near his factory. When I got the call there had been an accident, I went straight away to the hospital. I didn’t see him as they’d already buried the body. I was in shock. I couldn’t stop crying," said Abeer Al Hasan, mother of two children. Read more HERE.

"We survived because we ran on time"

“ISIS took control of my suburb in Aleppo, there was terrible suffering. ISIS men controlled everything to buy. It became very expensive. People were being killed in their homes in Aleppo. If a woman wore green or red, they would attack her. If she was beautiful, they would take her and rape her and use her as a slave. Our neighbour was taken, and when she didn’t come back the husband killed himself," said Badia Mehmid (35), mother of nine children. Read all story on a Patrick Nicholson´s photo gallery HERE.

South Sudan famine: I write with tears in my eyes

Parts of South Sudan face famine due to an ongoing civil war, collapse of law and order and drought. William Okot de Toby is the managing director of a diocesan Caritas, Caritas Torit, in the south-eastern part of the country. He answered questions by workers of Caritas Internationalis. Read more on caritas.org.

Six years in Syria

The war in Syria began on 15 March 2011. Six years later, the country has been left devastated. Caritas works both inside Syria, in neighbouring countries which host the bulk of the refugees and across Europe where hundreds of thousands have fled in search of safety.

Caritas Internationalis website: 6 years of war in Syria

The war in Syria began on 15 March 2011. Six years later, the country has been left devastated. “We appeal for peace,” said Caritas Syria President Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo. “We need peace and reconciliation. Peace is possible in Syria!” Caritas Internationalis published a new website dedicated to the crisis. See it HERE.