Sr Laurence of Caritas Algeria helps refugees and migrants get access to healthcare, education and counselling. Photo by Caritas Algeria.
To mark World Refugee Day on 20 June, we spoke with Sr. Laurence of Caritas Algeria.
Refugees and migrants come to Algeria on their journey from poorer African countries to cross the Mediterranean into Europe, but they also now come there as a final destination itself. Algerians too head north in search of opportunities unavailable at home.
“Few of the migrants want to stay here,” said Sr Laurence, MSOLA. , who works on migration issues for Caritas Algeria. “They will tell you what they need is fast money to go to Europe at all costs. Continue reading
Two wells have been constructed with the help of Caritas Switzerland in this village in Chad providing water to grow food as drought ravages West Africa’s Sahel region. Photo by Fred Lauener/Caritas Switzerland.
The village of Chawir is located in Canton Migami, south-central Chad (West Africa). Like almost everywhere in the area, the locals are almost exclusively women and children. Of the 2,760 inhabitants of Chawir, only 120 are adult men.
Many women are widowed or divorced. This is because their husbands did not return from the civil war in Libya, where they had migrated to find work.
Other men are expected home in early summer to join the harvest work on the cereal fields. They had left Chawir temporarily to find work in bigger towns in Chad. Some travelled to find work in Libya, which can be a dangerous place for Chadian men. Nonetheless, thousands of poor Chadian farmers take this risk; simply because they cannot afford to feed their families.
In Chawir, there is a health clinic with no doctor, but there is a school and two large communal gardens. Around 200 women, mostly with children and grandchildren, work here every day planting and harvesting herbs, leafy vegetables, carrots and onions.
Thanks to a water source only six metres underground, the garden is growing well. Two wells have been constructed with the help of Caritas Switzerland, partner organisation Acord, and a few men who remained in the village. Continue reading
Filed under Africa, Agriculture, Chad, Conflicts and Disasters, Disaster Preparedness, Emergencies, Emergencies in the Sahel, Europe, Food, Malnutrition, Switzerland
Credits: Sébastien Deschamps/Secours Catholique-Caritas France
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A Caritas assessment team made up of staff from Secours Catholique-Caritas France and Catholic Relief Services (CRS is a US member of Caritas) assessed this weekend the needs of migrant workers stranded on the Libyan-Tunisian border following to the social unrests in Libya.
View pictures from the mission.
The team sent the following account from the border:
“The team arrived in Ras Ajdir on 5 March and went straight to the border to count the number of people crossing. Compared to the previous days, the number was fairly small, around a few hundred people. Most of them were from Bangladesh, the others were Egyptians, Libyans or from other African and Asian Countries. Continue reading