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Caritas continues to support emergency relief in Darfur and Nuba in 2013.
In Darfur, 3.4 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. There are 1.4 million internally displaced people living in camps and receiving food aid in Darfur. Since succession from South Sudan the country has seen increased conflicts and violence. A serious economic decline and subsequent rising food prices further impact on those most in need.
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand in partnership with Caritas Internationalis and the Action by Churches Together (ACT) Alliance help 500,000 people per year. In 2013 the Darfur programme aims to place livelihoods at the centre of the programme to strengthen community resilience. The programme also works in the areas of health, education, food security and environmental protection. We work with communities regardless of social, religious or ethnic differences.
Caritas Aotearoa continues to assist with supplies of food, medical supplies and necessary household items to people displaced by fighting in the South Kordofan province of Sudan. Fighting between government and rebel forces since June 2011 has severely impacted civilians. Few aid agencies operate there, but Caritas has been able to partner with Trocaire (Caritas Ireland) and the Catholic Diocese of El Obeid to provide relief.
Read some of the letters of appreciation from staff at Gidel Hospital for Caritas help received: