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Darfur’s Solar Powers…

Water attendant Adam feeding the Solar Water point at Deleij camp in Darfur

Hazel Williams is our humanitarian coordinator for Darfur in western Sudan. She recently paid a visit to some of the many camps that house people who have fled fighting in the region.

Solar power is making an extraordinary difference in camps in Darfur, Sudan, by providing much needed water to those living there. 

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Haiti: Where land is power

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We roll down the steep hill of Thomassin heading for ‘HAT 1’ a camp in the Delmas district of Port au Prince.
The sun is blistering hot today, with no sign of rain as yet. Under the sun’s rays, people are going about their daily business, setting up roadside stalls, or hailing the brightly painted ‘tap-tap’ local transport vans, with slogans invoking God’s grace for a safe journey, to get them to work.

 

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Haiti: Patience wearing thin

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It was with mixed emotions that I stepped off the plane in Toussaint L’Ouverture international airport in Haiti. I was hoping to notice visible improvements in living conditions. But I’d heard that the number of camps had increased since March from 750 to over 1,200. To me this indicated that things were not going as smoothly as planned.

Reginald, the young driver for our partner Catholic Relief Services that picked me up from the airport, knows a lot of short cuts through Port-au-Prince and showed off this knowledge on the journey back from the airport.

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DR Congo: Rape as a result of war

Women in the sewing workshop who have not necessarily been sexually attacked. Credit: Peter Kristvik RisholmIn a sewing studio run by Caritas we meet a group of women, most of whom have been sexually attacked.  

The treatment in this project is holistic. They get medical treatment, psychological counselling and help with social reintegration and becoming financially independent.

Today the sewing studio has 32 participants. They sew and sell clothes, and are given the opportunity to help themselves.

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DR Congo: The line goes on and on

Credit: Peter Kristvik RisholmWe have been to the biggest refugee camp in Goma – it’s called Mugunga 1.

The camp was established in 2006 and 27,000 people who have been forced to flee their homes because of fighting live here.

Most of them come from Masisi, a rebel-controlled area. The camp is very organised, and the refugees themselves participate in committees to organise the work.

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