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The forgotten crisis: famine in the Horn of Africa

29 Apr 22

Protracted conflict, drought and food shortages - exacerbated by the Ukraine crisis - has led to disastrous levels of hunger and malnutrition, with an estimated 20 million people at risk of starvation in the Horn of Africa.

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Caritas Ukraine Mariupol Centre Before The Russian Tank Attack. Photo: Caritas Ukraine.

Caritas Australia mourns the tragic loss of colleagues in Caritas Ukraine’s Mariupol centre

12 Apr 22

It is with heavy hearts that Caritas Australia announces the recent loss of two Caritas Ukraine staff in the Mariupol centre, along with five other people who were sheltering at the office when it was struck by a Russian tank. 

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Afghanistan A Country On The Brink Of Collapse. Photo credit: CRS.

Afghanistan: a country on the brink of collapse

05 Apr 22

After decades of unrest and drought, the situation in Afghanistan has become the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Unless urgent action is taken, it is estimated that 97 percent of Afghanistan’s population will be pushed into extreme poverty by the end of June.

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Illyena with her nine-month old baby. Photo: Philipp Spalek/Caritas Poland

Crisis in Ukraine escalates with more than 10 million displaced

04 Apr 22

The humanitarian crisis in Ukraine continues to escalate, with more than 10 million people – nearly a quarter of Ukraine’s population – now displaced.  

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Assistance to woman at Ukraine-Poland border. Photo: Caritas Poland

Ukraine Latest

After eight years, the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine has escalated into a full-blown war, threatening to become Europe’s biggest refugee crisis since World War II.  

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Emergency food assistance of wheat, legumes and cooking oil to food-insecure families in Ethiopia. Photo: CRS

Caritas Australia urges that we must not forget global crises

29 Mar 22

Caritas Australia welcomes the new aid commitments at a time when there is greater global need than ever but expresses concern that these increases are not enough to meet growing needs. 

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Children's Activities For Displaced Families In Ivano Frankivsk. Photo: Caritas Ukraine

More funding to Ukraine to address impacts of war on the most vulnerable

20 Mar 22

Caritas Australia welcomes the additional $30 million in emergency humanitarian funding for Ukraine announced today by the Australian Government, to focus on protecting women, children, the elderly and those living with disability.  

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Caritas Zaporizhzhia delivering food kits in buffer zone in early 2022. Photo: Caritas Ukraine.

Immense humanitarian need in Ukraine

25 Feb 22

Caritas Australia’s partner Caritas Ukraine has called for support and assistance as it continues to support the country’s most vulnerable as the crisis escalates.  

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A volunteer working at the Kitchen for the Homeless in Kyiv in 2021. Photo: Caritas Spes, Ukraine.

Caritas Australia stands in solidarity with Ukraine

22 Feb 22

Caritas Australia stands in solidarity with the people of eastern Ukraine. We pray for all the people in Ukraine, especially the vulnerable and marginalised communities who will be most severely impacted by the recent escalation of armed conflict.  

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Caritas Tonga staff pre-positioning supplies/Credit: Caritas Tonga.

Eruption of volcano leaves Tonga in dire need for support

31 Jan 22

The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai undersea volcano, which erupted on Saturday 15 January, has left the people of Tonga with no way to communicate with the rest of the world and in dire need for humanitarian support.

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Food distribution in Ethiopia. Photo: CRS

Millions are at risk of hunger as Ethiopia crisis escalates

10 Jan 22

As many as 9.4 million people in Ethiopia are in need of urgent food assistance as the conflict in the East African country continues to escalate. 

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Volunteers distribute aid in Beirut. Photo by Caritas Lebanon.

Australians stand united with Lebanon as crisis escalates

24 Dec 21

Lebanon is currently facing its biggest humanitarian crisis yet. The financial situation in the Middle Eastern nation has been unfolding for more than two years and has progressively worsened. 

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Staff At Palo's Multi Purpose Office Building Supporting Evacuees During Typhoon Rai. Photo: Caritas Palo

Millions impacted by Typhoon Rai in the Philippines

21 Dec 21

Typhoon Rai has brought torrential rain, wind gusts over 200 km/h, flash floods, landslides and extensive damage to homes and livelihoods in the Philippines. 

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Members of the Hygiene Committee assist with cleaning up the camp site. Photo: Caritas Goma.

Caritas frontline workers respond to DRC volcano eruption

30 Nov 21

Thousands of displaced families in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) remain in need of urgent humanitarian support following a volcanic eruption in May this year.

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Rural villages in India rebuilding from COVID-19. Photo credit: Caritas India.

Rural villages in India rebuilding from COVID-19

25 Oct 21

A new report released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has revealed disadvantaged tribal and caste communities make up more than 80 per cent of people living in poverty. 

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Volunteers Distribute Aid In Beirut. Photo Caritas Lebanon

Humanitarian emergency in Lebanon reaches crisis point

07 Sep 21

Lebanon has reached boiling point due to an enduring a series of crises that have been escalating over the past 18 months. Today, the population faces a dire humanitarian crisis, with the country rapidly running out of power, water, fuel, medicine and food.

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Kabul airport. Photo credit: Shutterstock

Afghanistan plunged into greater chaos, as thousands face displacement, poverty and COVID-19

03 Sep 21

The situation in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate, with decades of political and civil unrest, drought and economic instability leaving a devastating toll on a country that now faces even more uncertainty.

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Downtown Kabul

World Humanitarian Day: humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

19 Aug 21

Afghanistan is facing an unfolding humanitarian crisis, giving a tragic relevance to this year’s World Humanitarian Day.  

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Destruction in Haiti after 7.2 magnitude earthquake. Photo: Catholic Relief Services

Major earthquake in Haiti causes widespread destruction

15 Aug 21

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the south of Haiti on Saturday August 14, causing widespread destruction, reducing buildings to rubble and causing at least 300 deaths.  

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Flooding in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Credit: Caritas Bangladesh

A message from Bangladesh's flooded refugee camps

11 Aug 21

A message from the field, following weeks of floods, which have hit Bangladesh's Cox's refugee camps hard.

Inmanuel Chayan Biswas, Head of Operations, Emergency Response program for Caritas Bangladesh, says thousands of Rohingya refugees have been displaced, their shelters damaged and food is now in short supply.

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Destruction in Beirut blast aftermath. Photo credit: Caritas Lebanon.

Recovery and resilience in Lebanon one year after the Beirut blast

05 Aug 21

A year ago, a tragic explosion in Beirut killed over 200 people, injured more than 7,500 and left about 300,000 homeless. The blast occurred at a time when the Lebanese economy was in freefall and COVID-19 was sweeping across the nation.

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