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  • Thousands of Sudanese refugees in Chad are in desperate need of help

    Sudanese refugees in Goz Amer camp, eastern Chad, complain about a severe shortage of humanitarian aid, health care and food services. A group of refugees in the camp, in an interview to a local radio station, said that there are no medicines and doctors for routine checkups at the health facilities of the camp, which houses more than 35,000 refugees.

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  • ECUADOR - The Archbishop of Portoviejo: "Hospitality and Mercy" to overcome discouragement

    "The experience of the earthquake was really a great trauma for everyone, but especially for the many families who lost their relatives. I think about that father from Manta who lost his wife, his two sons, mother-in-law and a nephew or that family whose father was trying to pull everyone to safety in the car: the house in front of which he had stopped collapsed and buried all of them. Tragedy, pain, death reached us all unprepared.

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  • "Let us not stop aid": volunteers are concerned about the earthquake victims

    First breakfast, lunch and a snack: this is what homeless families, volunteer rescuers and firefighters receive every day, thanks to the work of a large group of faithful organized by the Capuchin missionaries in Portoviejo after the earthquake on April 16th (See Fides 18, 20 and 29/04/2016). Every day 3,600 meals are distributed.

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  • Religious superiors: "Let us spread the message of 'Laudato Si' "

    "Pollution of the water, of the land, of the air; deforestation and cutting of trees, burning the forests, overgrazing and desertification and oil exploitation as the major income for the country but as a grave polluting agent". These are the human and natural threats that South Sudan has to face, according to the religious operating in the country.

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  • Earthquakes cause extreme difficulties for those affected by disability

    The death toll of the earthquake that just over a week ago struck Ecuador rises: more than 710 people have died or are missing, including some 16,600 injured and some are still in serious condition. This was reported by the National Secretariat for Risk Management. The Ecuadorian government declared a state of emergency in six provinces: Esmeraldas, Manabí, Santa Elena, Guayas, Santo Domingo and Los Ríos. The area of Pedernales (Manabí province) has been declared a disaster zone.

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  • Young missionaries of mercy

    With a mission to help their peers in every circumstance of life, for study, human, material and spiritual difficulties, a group of students in middle and high schools in Seoul have been named "young missionaries of mercy". It is the initiative launched by the Department for vocations and for the youth in the Archdiocese of Seoul, as a way to encourage and empower young people in the Year of Jubilee.​

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  • A missionary: "Our support and our prayer is needed"

    Don Luis Fernando Criado Reca, Spanish diocesan priest of Jaen, has been a missionary in Ecuador for 12 years. He is currently parish priest in the northern province of Esmeraldas, on the border with Colombia. It is a marginalized and very poor area, mostly inhabited by people of African origin, who mostly live below the poverty line. Fides received his testimony on the earthquake that devastated Ecuador.​

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  • A week of reflection on "communication and mercy"

    A week of reflection, with pastoral and social implications, on the theme "Communication and Mercy: a fruitful meeting", chosen by the Pope for World Day of Social Communications, 2016. This is the initiative launched by the Indonesian Bishops' Conference, which will bring together priests, lay people, theologians, pastoral workers from 2 to 8 May on the island of Nias, in the diocese of Keuskupan-Sibolga.​

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  • Also a monastery destroyed by the earthquake: a nun and five postulants among the 272 dead

    According to the latest news, the earthquake that struck the coast of Ecuador on Saturday, April 16, has so far caused at least 272 dead and 2,068 injured. Among the victims there is a religious sister and five postulants of the "Siervas del Hogar de la Madre" Sisters community in Playa Prieta. According to information sent to Agenzia Fides, the relief efforts managed to reach the spot only 24 hours after the earthquake.

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  • Half a million children in conditions of neglect

    At present there are 500,000 children and adolescents in the age group between 0 and 17 years, living without any family ties completely left on their own in Ecuador. This is what emerges from a study of the NGO S.O.S. Children's Village, sent to Fides. Poverty is not the only cause of abandonment, there is also domestic violence, the consumption and abuse of drugs and alcohol or mistreatment.

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