Many Catholic priests and religious have risked their lives trying to protect the defenseless civilian population of the Central African Republic, a country which, sadly, has never truly known peace. In the 57 years since it gained independence, this country – one of the poorest in the world – has suffered one military coup after another.
“For more than two years now, your faithfulness and generosity have made it possible that not a single refugee ever had to sleep in the street; that all children are attending school; that no one has gone hungry; and that basic medical care has been provided to all those in need.” Archbishop Bashar Warda, Erbil, Iraq
The Turkana region of northwest Kenya has long been home to nomadic or seminomadic peoples. Many of them have now become settled, but the majority still find themselves forced by shortage of water and grazing to move with their herds of cattle to wherever water and pasture can be found.
Since the summer of 2014, when the forces of the terrorist militia, the so-called “Islamic State,” declared an Islamic caliphate in north-west Iraq and eastern Syria, spreading fear and horror with their bestial cruelty, some 3.3 million people have been forced to flee their homes within Iraq alone.