Caritas commits funds for Darfur emergency response

Caritas Australia has commenced 2006 with a commitment of $A250,000 towards the Darfur Emergency Response Operation.

A statement from the Sydney head office says the Darfur Emergency Response Operation in 2006 will consolidate the achievements of the operation to date and will focus on addressing basic social services such as primary health care, sustainable livelihoods in villages, access to education for children and peace building.

Caritas Australia will continue to work in collaboration with Action by Churches Together (ACT), through local partners in Sudan.

"The overall aim of this program is to improve the quality of life for the internally displaced people and the communities most affected by the conflicts in South and West Darfur," said Caritas Australia Africa Program Group Leader Simon Stroud.

Situated in western Sudan, Darfur has been subjected to years of civil unrest, due to attacks on the indigenous Sudanese population on a large scale by the local Arab militia, Janjaweed. The Sudanese have been subjected to the execution of civilians, sexual and gender based violence, looting and crop damage.

An estimated three million people have been affected by the conflict, with an estimated 180,000 civilians killed and approximately two million people internally displaced. There have been reports of further attacks on the camps, which have caused continued insecurity.

To date, Caritas Australia has given $A750,000 to the Darfur response. Achievements so far include the construction and rehabilitation of two rural hospitals and 26 clinics, 120 water points established with over 70 more rehabilitated, and over 3000 communal toilets constructed. In addition, non-food items have been distributed to more than 65,000 households.

"We wish to thank all who have donated towards the Darfur crisis since 2004. Whilst there have been improvements due to the successful program implementation, the humanitarian need is still great and the acute emergency situation in Darfur is far from over," said Mr Stroud.

Pictured: Young Darfuris girl accessing clean safe water from a borehole

Caritas Australia commits funds for Darfur emergency response (Caritas Australia 4/1/06)

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9 Jan 2006