CRS Global Emergency Update - November 2015

As we move into winter, we highlight a few of the countries where families continue to suffer from ongoing emergencies and conflicts, and share some exciting stories of success, rebuilding, and recovery.

Rahmad and his daughter Rayhon eat lunch in the soup kitchen of Caritas Athens Refugee Centre, Greece. Photo: Andrew McConnell/CRS

Rahmad and his daughter Rayhon eat lunch in the soup kitchen of Caritas Athens Refugee Centre, Greece. Photo: Andrew McConnell/CRS

Migrant & Refugee Crisis

In Europe, the refugee and migrant crisis continues to grow, with increasing numbers of families fleeing their countries of origin, primarily Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. CRS is responding alongside its Church partners in countries overstretched in their capacity to respond, primarily Greece, Macedonia, Croatia and Serbia.

Ongoing conflicts in Syria and Iraq have forced millions from their homes, either within or outside of their borders. CRS is providing comprehensive emergency relief to hundreds of thousands of people uprooted across the region. And in the United States, we continue to advocate for negotiated settlements to resolve these conflicts at their source.

Earthquake in Nepal

Seven months after a devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake, CRS and Caritas Nepal have reached 130,000 people with emergency support, often in extremely remote areas. CRS and Caritas have begun activities to help people fully recover and prepare for the cold winter months.

New homes line the streets in many areas once destroyed by typhoon haiyan.

New homes line the streets in many areas once destroyed by typhoon haiyan.

The Philippines

It is 2 years since Typhoon Haiyan hit the country claiming 6,201 lives, and recovery is now visible across the islands of Leyte and Samar. CRS and Caritas have helped families build 20,000 homes for 100,000 people, and supported tens of thousands more as they rebuild their lives. We are well into the 5-year recovery plan.

Civil Conflict in the Central African Republic

Violence continues to intensify throughout the Central African Republic, and may affect the pope’s scheduled visit at the end of November. CRS teams and partners continue to provide relief to thousands of displaced people enduring one of the world’s most isolated, and deadly, conflicts.

Drought in Ethiopia

Two failed rainy seasons have led to food scarcity for people and their livestock. CRS plans to provide seeds for the upcoming planting season and cash-for-work opportunities, as well as feed and vaccinations for livestock.

Violence of Boko Haram in Nigeria

People are fleeing the ongoing violence of militant group Boko Haram, which has carried out attacks in the northeast, killing more than 13,000 people since 2009. CRS is providing health care, nutrition and other support to vulnerable, conflict-affected communities.

Nigerian children, many orphaned by violence in Nigeria, receive food at a preschool through CRS & Partners. Photo: Michael Stulman/CRS

Nigerian children, many orphaned by violence in Nigeria, receive food at a preschool through CRS & Partners. Photo: Michael Stulman/CRS

Hunger & Conflict in South Sudan

Fear of hunger continues to rise as hundreds of thousands of people have been uprooted by conflict. CRS and the local Catholic Church are providing shelter, living supplies, water, and seeds and farming tools.

Ebola in West Africa

Vital inroads have been made in Ebola prevention. As recently as November 7, the World Health Organization declared Sierra Leone Ebola-free. Liberia was declared Ebola-free in September. CRS continues to help communities recover.

Earthquake in Afghanistan & Pakistan

A 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck Jarm, Afghanistan, on October 26, affecting large parts of the country, as well as Pakistan. A reported 389 people were killed, and thousands of homes damaged or destroyed. CRS is working with our Caritas partners in the hardest-hit areas of Pakistan as winter approaches.

Visit our Emergency Response page to support the ongoing relief efforts of CRS in many of these areas!