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Caritas intenational appeal for Sudanese Refugees

Caritas Internationalis has responded to the desperate situation of the Sudanese refugees spilling across the border with Chad by launching a $A661,000 appeal for aid.

Caritas has been assisting Sudanese refugees in neighbouring Chad, and now that the chance of a peace settlement opens the door to aid agencies in Sudan, it has mobilised to assist with rehabilitation. An emergency response team is in the field assessing the needs and reporting back to the Confederation.

The potential mass repatriation which would take place when the expected peace agreement is settled is a strong incentive for acting immediately. The regional Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), currently meeting in Naivasha, Kenya, has been viewed as offering the best chance of bringing peace to Africa's largest country since the current phase of conflict began in 1983.

A key project for Caritas in assisting the Sudanese with the rehabilitation of their country is the repair of basic infrastructure such as roads and bridges. The civil war has left most of the infrastructure in the south destroyed and in some places virtually non-existent. Any meaningful sustainable development process depends upon this basic infrastructure.

Caritas Appeals for Aid for Sudanese Refugees and Sends Response Team (Caritas Internationalis 27/4/04)

Bishop in southern Sudan says 20,000 refugees in his diocese need aid (Catholic News Service 27/4/04)
Editorial: Stalling in Sudan (Washington Post 26/4/04)
Sudan: Christians suffer the Way of the Cross as they wait in hope (Aid to the Church in Need 16/4/04)

29 Apr 2004