"We survived because we ran on time"

Badia and her only daughter (photo: Patrick Nicholson/CI).

“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

Girl admitted due to malnutrition in St. Theresa Mission Hospital (photo: Caritas Torit).

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.

Caritas Czech Republic is setting up its own branch in Iraq to be closer to the needy

Children are the most endangered (photo: Mishraq Qadissiyah/RNVDO).

Between last  December  and January this year, Caritas Czech Republic in cooperation with the Polish organization Polish Humanitarian Action and Iraqi RNVDO, managed to distribute 800 packages of humanitarian aid close to Mosul battle lines. Now Caritas Czech Republic is establishing its own branch in Iraq.

Six years in Syria

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

War in Syria lasts 6 years (photo: Patrick Nicholson/Caritas).

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.

How to manage volunteers during a disaster – a discussion topic of Caritas organizations in Bangkok

Our employee Šárka Zápotocká (photo: Archdiocesan Caritas of Olomouc).

Bangkok - How to manage volunteers after an earthquake, flood or another emergency. These are the topics the workers of Asian Caritas organizations learn in the two-year project of Euro-Asian partnership aiming to improve the ability to respond to humanitarian crises (PEACH). Šárka Zápotocká from Caritas Czech Republic and Martin Zamazal from Olomouc Archdiocesan Caritas are also attending the training in Bangkok.

South Sudanese refugees in Uganda

272 000 inhabitants now live in the Bidi Bidi (photo: Tommy Trenchard).

Seven months ago, Bidi Bidi was a quiet village in the grasslands of northern Uganda. Now, with a population of over 272,000 for Bidi bidi alone, it is the second biggest refugee camp in the world. The refugees are fleeing war and famine in South Sudan.

South Sudan bishops: “This famine is man-made”

South Sudanese refugees recieves Caritas aid in Uganda (photo: Tommy Trenchard/Caritas).

Following the declaration of famine in Unity State, South Sudan this week, the country’s Catholic bishops have issued a powerful pastoral letter condemning the country’s civil war and labelling the famine as “man-made”. In a hard-hitting document responding to dire reports coming in from all seven dioceses in the country, the bishops denounce government and opposition violence being perpetrated against civilians: “The killing, torturing and raping of civilians is a war crime”.