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Mushaukwa from Zambia now has his own cassava processing plant thanks to Caritas Czech Republic
April 14, 2022 News

Mushaukwa from Zambia now has his own cassava processing plant thanks to Caritas Czech Republic

Mushaukwa Bravo Kabombo is a farmer from Zambia's Western Province who has been growing cassava for many years. But for a long time he struggled with preserving it because he could not afford to buy the necessary equipment. He also wished to grow cassava on a larger scale and make it his a full-time job. Caritas Czech Republic helped Mushaukwa acquire the necessary equipment and supported his efforts to set up his own small business.

A story from the war: The train was crowded. We slept wherever we could
April 13, 2022 News

A story from the war: The train was crowded. We slept wherever we could

Until a few weeks ago, Viktoria Christianko and her husband lived with her two children, four-year-old Daniel and one-year-old Sonya, in the southern Ukrainian town of Mykolaiv. They spent the beginning of the war in a shelter. As the situation worsened, they decided to leave the town. Viktoria and her children travelled on a crowded train to Lviv located in the west of Ukraine. Eventually, they reached Przemysl, Poland, where they were helped by a local Caritas.

A story from the war: she said goodbye to her husband at the border, he had to stay in Ukraine
April 11, 2022 News

A story from the war: she said goodbye to her husband at the border, he had to stay in Ukraine

Ilyena left home with her nine-month-old son and her husband on 4th March 2022. They were hiding in a metro station and when it was no longer safe, they wanted to move to Poland by train. They reached the border after six days of driving.

Layla lost her home and job because of the Syrian war. Caritas helped her fulfil her dreams
April 6, 2022 News

Layla lost her home and job because of the Syrian war. Caritas helped her fulfil her dreams

This year marks the eleventh anniversary of the conflict in Syria. The city of Kafr Nabl in the northwest region was turned into a ghost town during the civil war. The place, which was controlled by anti-government forces at the beginning of the war, was first bombed by the Russian air force and later got under the control of the Syrian army. Most civilians fled the area, including Layla Ibrahim Kadur, who left her home and job in ruins.

We don't want to be on the run, we want to return, says woman fleeing war
April 5, 2022 News

We don't want to be on the run, we want to return, says woman fleeing war

One car, two days, four women. Nina, her daughter, mother and mother-in-law fled Kiev for the western Ukrainian town of Drohobych. "Their boys" stayed in the capital. They want to defend it so the family has somewhere to return to.

A story from the war: photographer Zlata from Kiev
April 1, 2022 News

A story from the war: photographer Zlata from Kiev

Zlata was about to start a new job in a production company in Kiev but it has been postponed indefinitely. The war put an end to her plans. She managed to escape Ukraine and is now looking for a job in Poland. She hopes to make a living as a photographer, but would be happy for any job. She wants to financially support her family, who have remained in Ukraine and are hiding from the attacks.

Kamal launched his own sweets shop in the Al-Kubaisa sub-district
March 31, 2022 CCR-Iraq

Kamal launched his own sweets shop in the Al-Kubaisa sub-district

Kamal Hadi Sahab is a 43-year-old man, originally from the Al Heet district's Al-Kubaisa sub-district of Iraq. He lives with his family and has three children, two sons and a girl. Before the ISIS attack on the area, Kamal worked as a daily wage laborer in a local factory. After returning, he worked as a selfemployeed. Kamal had always wanted to open his own sweets factory in the region but he lacked the money to do so. Thanks to Caritas Czech Republic and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), he was finally able to launch his confectionery business.

A 70-year-old seamstress from Kyiv: We were living in freedom for 30 years, no one can understand it
March 31, 2022 News

A 70-year-old seamstress from Kyiv: We were living in freedom for 30 years, no one can understand it

Ljubov Vladimirovna has seen a lot in her life - and yet she did not believe she would ever see war again. Together with eight other people, she had to flee shelled Kyiv in a hurry, finding temporary shelter in Lviv in the west of the country. Now they are considering what to do next.

Her husband is in the war, her parents are in war-torn Kharkiv. Yet Lyuba does not give up
March 30, 2022 News

Her husband is in the war, her parents are in war-torn Kharkiv. Yet Lyuba does not give up

Ukraine's second-largest city - Kharkiv, a city of 1.5 million - has been the centre of fierce fighting and massive bombardment since the Russian invasion has begun. That is why forty-year-old Lyuba fled to Drohobych with her four-year-old son Bogdan. Luyba had to leave her husband behind as he is enlisted in the army, and their parents, who are too old to move and do not want to leave their hometown. Lyuba has not seen her parents or her husband for several weeks. Still, she believes that they will all be reunited soon.

Caritas Czech Republic is helping thousands of refugees from Ukraine in Moldova
March 23, 2022 CCR-Moldova

Caritas Czech Republic is helping thousands of refugees from Ukraine in Moldova

 For almost a month now, Moldova has not stopped receiving war-torn people. According to official data, nearly 5% of the country's population now consists of Ukrainian refugees who have decided, at least temporarily, to stay in Moldova until things return to normal. Caritas Czech Republic supports the refugees and provides them with shelter, hygiene supplies and more.