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Half world refugees are children

ROME (SE): Children account for one half of all refugees in the world today, an appeal from Caritas calling for proper protection to be accorded to them says.

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Good health comes with determination

HONG KONG (SE): A family health carnival was held on December 27 to mark the conclusion of a campaign run by Caritas called the Be Healthy, So Easy: Family Education Project.

Over 300 people took part in the day to celebrate the campaign that was jointly organised by Caritas and the School of Public Health of the University of Hong Kong, with backing from the Charities Trust of the Hong Kong Jockey Club and Family Council.

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Uganda hosting floods of refugees from South Sudan

KAMPALA (SE): The African nation of Uganda has seen more refugees coming across its borders in the last four months than arrived in the European nation of Greece during the first 10 months of this year.

Its once sparsely populated northern grassland of Bidi Bidi has in a short space of time been transformed into what Caritas Uganda describes of the second largest refugee shelter in the world.

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Caritas Raffle draw

HONG KONG (SE): A public draw of the Caritas Raffle for this year was held in the Caritas Hall in Caine Road on November 25 in the presence of around 60 people.

With the winning ticket numbers pulled out by a computer programme in the presence of an auditing team, the vice president of the Friends of Caritas, Andrew Chan Tak-kuen, kicked off the draw, spinning the first round of 20 numbers.

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Caritas and Lutheran Federation promise to work together

MALMÖ (AsiaNews): At the last event of Pope Francis’ ecumenical visit to Sweden on October 31 in the Malmö Arena, Caritas Internationalis and the Lutheran World Federation Service International signed a declaration of intention to work together in the area of bringing social services to the lost and most marginalised people in the world.

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Bringing former enemies together in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO (UCAN): In a move to encourage reconciliation in post war Sri Lanka, Caritas has set up 40 Caritas Village Peace Committees in 13 dioceses that span Tamil, Sinhalese and Muslim communities.

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Aid reaching Bangladesh flood victims

Dhaka (UCAN): “Floodwater has started to recede as rain has stopped but the suffering of affected people is not over,” Pintu William Gomes, senior manager of the disaster management department at Caritas Bangladesh said.

The floods, the worst in 10 years, were triggered by monsoon rains and a surge of water from upstream India, and have submerged 20 districts and left two million people stranded since late July, according to the state-run Disaster Management Department.

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A night with the stars and the cheque book

HONG KONG (SE): A telethon organised by the Friends of Caritas and broadcast live on TVB Jade on the night of June 25 was a smash hit, both in terms of showcasing some of the organisation’s lesser known social services and raising the necessary money to keep them going.

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Dispersing fear after Lahore bomb attack

Lahore (UCAN): Dispersing fear in the wake of the bomb attack that shattered the peace of Easter Sunday on March 27 in the  Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in Lahore, Pakistan, is a major part of the support work being done by Caritas for the victims (Sunday Examiner, April 10).

A Caritas programme is providing trauma counselling to those affected by the bombing.

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