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Caritas says good networks helping Nias response

Caritas Australia director Jack de Groot has said that the international Caritas organisations' response to the Easter Monday Indonesian earthquake is being made easier by the presence of good Catholic networks.

"Fortunately, we have good networks within the island of Nias because Catholic parishes there are administered by the Archdiocese of Medan, which is located in Aceh where we already have staff working on tsunami relief," Caritas Australia National Director, Jack de Groot said in a statement released yesterday.

"This allows us to make contact immediately and means that we can set up infrastructure very quickly if needed," Mr de Groot said.

"Medical supplies and medical personnel are already being sent to Nias. Once the initial assessment is completed a decision will be made about exactly what other goods and services will be provided," he said.

Caritas Australia will accept donations for the survivors of the Indonesian earthquake, including the island of Nias which was the most severely affected.

However, Caritas Australia is not currently conducting an appeal in relation to the Indonesian Earthquake. A decision about this will be made in the next few days, as more information becomes available, Mr de Groot said.

An assessment of the situation in Nias, the island most affected by the Indonesian earthquake, was being conducted by a Caritas Australia representative yesterday.

Nias Update (Caritas Australia 30/3/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Caritas Australia | Eyewitness account of Sumatra earthquake (Caritas Australia/Jesuit Refugee Service Indonesia 29/3/05)
CAFOD - Sumatra Earthquake
Catholic Relief Services - Indonesian Earthquake Response
Archdiocese of Medan (

Caritas responds to Indonesian Earthquake (CathNews 30/3/05)

CRS & Aid Organisations Mobilise Massive Relief Supplies for Recent Indonesian Earthquake (Catholic Relief Services)
Relief effort under way after quake (ICScotland 29/3/05)
Aid response to new earthquake in Asia (CAFOD 29/3/05)
Medical personnel fly out to Nias (CAFOD 30/3/05)
Caritas Responds Immediately to Sumatra Earthquake (Caritas Internationalis 30/3/05)
CRS sends supplies to Indonesian island; death toll expected to rise (Catholic News Service 29/3/05)
Catholic agency arranging aid to eathquake zone (Ekklesia 30/3/05)
Faith remains firm in a land shaken by God (The Australian 31/3/05)
Update on the Earthquake in Indonesia (Uniting Church in Australia National Assembly)
Oxfam: First aid arrives in Nias, more on the way (OxFam 30/3/05)

31 Mar 2005