Caritas in Central African Republic is providing food, medicine and protection to people forced from their homes by a widespread collapse in law and order.
Caritas is working to protect lives, build peace and help the Central African Republic recover from months of turmoil.
Over hundreds of thousands of people have fled their homes. They have either left the country or are sheltered in camps and places of worship, including Catholic missions.
Half the population is in need of aid. Government has collapsed. Schools and hospitals have closed. Homes have been burned down.
The Catholic Church is one of the last functioning institutions the people have left. Caritas is providing seeds and tools, rebuilding homes, helping children get back into school and repairing medical clinics.
Caritas is working hard for reconciliation and peace between Christians and Muslims communities, including setting up local peace groups and supporting international diplomatic efforts. Both Christian and Muslim families are being sheltered by Church and Caritas staff.
Amount raised is approximate as exchange rates vary.
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