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Caritas aids Indonesian drought victims

JAKARTA (UCAN): Tanks of clean water are being rushed to drought-plagued areas of Central Java, Indonesia, by Caritas.
 
“We have formed a network of 47 volunteers and distributed 49 tanks of clean water to six villages in Yogyakarta province’s Gunung Kidul district in coordination with the local government,” Sister Huberta, Caritas’ programme manager for disaster risk reduction in the Archdiocese of Semarang from Caritas said.
 

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Caritas looks to free mentally disadvantaged in Indonesian diocese

BORONG (UCAN): It was 10 long years ago when Aleksius Dugis was shackled and locked in a tiny filthy hut by his family in East Manggarai district on the island of Flores, Indonesia.
 
His legs were tied to a heavy wooden post, which means he could hardly move about. During the rainy season, the hut leaked and he ended up covered in mud mixed with his own faeces. During the dry season, he had to endure extreme heat.
 
People were concerned, but did not venture inside the hut because of the foul smell.
 

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Tsunami aftermath Indonesia

HONG KONG (SE): Authorities in Indonesia have raised the danger level for Mount Anak Krakatau in the Sunda Strait, following a devastating tsunami on December 22, which swept over the west coast of Java island and the south coast of Sumatra. 
 
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a statement on December 26 that 430 people are dead, 1,495 injured, 159 are missing and an estimated 22,000 displaced.
 

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Charities rally behind Philippine recovery efforts

MANILA (UCAN): Catholic humanitarian agencies from around the world have vowed support for Philippine relief and rehabilitation efforts in the wake of the devastation wreaked by Typhoon Mangkhut (Ompong) in the country’s northern provinces.
 
Caritas Internationalis launched an appeal to help finance relief operations for thousands of families affected by the super typhoon.
 
“After the storm has passed people will need help to restore their livelihoods,” it said in a statement.
 

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Caritas condemns attack on relief operations

Manila (UCAN): “The ambush of soldiers while delivering relief goods is deplorable,” Father Edwin Gariguez, the executive secretary of Caritas-Philippines, said.
 
Fifty gunmen from the New People’s Army shot at troops from Philippine Army’s 20th Infantry Battalion who were assisting families in the town of Catubig, Northern Samar province in the central Philippines, which was battered by the tropical storm, Kai-tak, a week before Christmas.
 

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Shoes galore

HONG KONG (SE): An appeal made in Hong Kong for secondhand shoes for the poor of his diocese in Cameroon by the director of Caritas in the rural district of Bamenda, received such an overwhelming response that Father Njokikang Paul Fru was left scrambling to collect enough money to enable him to get them transported back home.
 

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Catholic groups pull trillions out of fossil fuels

BERLIN (SE): The Global Catholic Climate Movement announced on October 3 that a coalition of 40 Catholic institutions has decided to pull out its collective investments in fossil fuel-related industries estimated to be worth over $US5 trillion ($38.75 trillion) and place it in more environmentally friendly activities.
 

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We are all people on the move

HONG KONG (SE): To mark the launch of Share the Journey by Caritas Hong Kong, a prayer vigil for migrants and refugees was held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on September 27.
 
Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung said during the vigil that caring for migrants and refugees is an important expression of our faith and we should not forget that each and every one of us is but a traveller on this earth.
 

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Caritas thanks its supporters

HONG KONG (SE): At a simple ceremony held in the Caritas Community Hall at its offices in Caine Road on May 12, Caritas thanked those who have worked to support its social services over the past year and presented recognition awards to groups that were judged to have made an outstanding contribution to its city-wide Bazaar Season.
 

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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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