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    Cholera epidemic: 14,659 people infected and 292 deaths
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Icon of the Madonna of Lidice blessed by the pope
Pope Francis has recalled the 75th anniversary of the Lidice massacre at the hands of the Nazi regime during his weekly General Audience on Wednesday.
In a special Czech-language gre...
read more

CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES
The exhibition of paintings and support for Children´s Psychiatric Hospital
The exhibition of paintings and porcelain paintings by Academic painter Helena Schmaus Shooner, was officially opened at the Municipal Museum in Bechyně (Czech...
read more

CHRISTIANITY
HOLY MASS, PROCESSION AND EUCHARISTIC BLESSING ON THE SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST
HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS

On this Solemnity of Corpus Domini, the idea of memory comes up again and again. M...
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WORLDWIDE ALERT
Cholera epidemic: 14,659 people infected and 292 deaths
Cases of cholera in Khartoum and White Nile States continue to increase. In the Khartoum Bahri areas, the Ministry of Health registered 30 new cases, while local sources confirm at l...
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CHOLERA EPIDEMIC: 14,659 PEOPLE INFECTED AND 292 DEATHS

Cases of cholera in Khartoum and White Nile States continue to increase. In the Khartoum Bahri areas, the Ministry of Health registered 30 new cases, while local sources confirm at least one hundred. Hospitals cannot contain the number of infected patients who are often forced to share beds. Last weekend, doctors in the capital of Sudan reported 120 new cases. First in the eastern area, then in the north, El Gezira, and also White Nile State, where it has spread rapidly. Patients are also beginning to fill the hospitals in North Kordofan. According to estimates by the Ministry of Local Health, from August 2016 to May 2017, 14,659 people were infected with 'acute diarrhea' and 292 deaths were recorded.

(From Agenzia Fides, 7/6/2017)

MORE THAN 3,000 PEOPLE EVACUATED DUE TO FLOODING IN THE NORTH OF THE COUNTRY

As a result of the floods that led to the overflow of the River Uruguay, there are currently 3,700 displaced persons in the north of the Country. The most hit department continues to be Salto, with 1,993 homeless people. Hundreds of thousands of displaced are registered in Paysandú and Artigas. Families are receiving assistance both from a health and food point of view, from local administrations and from the National System for Emergencies.

(From Agenzia Fides)

CHOLERA HITS YEMEN: ONE THIRD OF CASES IN THE COUNTRY CONCERN CHILDREN

There is a cholera emergency in Yemen. The pandemic is spreading throughout the Country. According to data from the United Nations Children's Organization, a third of registered cases concern children. Local authorities report 11,000 suspected cases and 250 infected patients. Over the last three weeks, approximately 130 people have died in several provinces of the nation, the same figure recorded in 2016. Between April 27 and May 16, Unicef identified possible suspects of cholera in the provinces of Saná, Dhalea, Ibb, Taiz, Dhamar, Hajjah, Bayda, Amanat, Asima and Hudaydah.
Moreover, about 2.2 million children suffer from malnutrition, 462,000 of them are suffering from a severe form of malnutrition. The population faces a new health crisis. 25% of cases are in the province of Sana'a. Hospitals and medical centers are having difficulty in assisting the large number of patients with cholera symptoms due to the shortage of doctors and nursing staff. The previous epidemic had been recorded this past winter with 27,000 cases and 130 deaths.

(From Agenzia Fides, 17/5/2017)

MALNUTRITION, CHOLERA AND DIARRHEA AMONG CHILDREN: CASES INCREASE

Thousands of children in Somalia suffer from acute malnutrition, cholera or diarrhea, and the figure is increasing rapidly. According to UNICEF, therapeutic food was given in the months of January and February to 35,400 sick children, double the amount compared to the same period in 2016, while 18,400 were diagnosed cholera and watery diarrhea. Currently the situation is serious, children are dying of malnutrition, hunger, thirst and disease. During the famine of 2011, 130 thousand children died. Children with acute malnutrition are nine times more prone to diseases and infections. According to UNICEF, nearly a million will be affected this year. The United Nations Fund assured the administration of life-saving until the month of June and is already engaged in a special Mobile program to expand the scope of nutritional support, water and sanitation.

(From Vatican Radio)

PRAYERS AND AID FOR VICTIMS OF THE MOCOA DISASTER

During the night of Saturday 1 April a huge mud slide swamped the Colombian town of Mocoa. The Mocoa and SanBoyaco rivers burst their banks sweeping away homes, cars and two bridges. At least 17 districts are affected. The death toll has been set at 254, including 62 minors, and over 400 people are reported injured. Whole districts have disappeared under the mud. According to local sources the town is now isolated and without electric power or water. The local meteorological office said the past month of March registered the highest amount of rainfall since 2011. In the face of the tragedy, the Bishops of Colombia have encouraged the people to pray for those killed in the disaster and to ask God to give strength to all those affected. In a message, sent also to Fides, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, urges church communities, individuals, and all people and institutions of goodwill, to take opportune initiatives to promote the work of rebuilding. Pope Francis, during his Sunday Angelus prayer and address on 2 April, made a heartfelt appeal: “I am deeply saddened by the news of the tragedy which has struck Colombia. I pray for the victims and assure my closeness to those who mourn their dear ones, and I thank all those involved in rescue work”. Mocoa is in the region of Putumayo, on the border between Ecuador and Peru, where, since the beginning of this year at least 90 people lost their lives due to torrential rain.

(From Vatican Radio)

MORE THAN 2 MILLION CHILDREN CANNOT GO TO SCHOOL DUE TO FLOOD DAMAGE

The recent intense rains have caused heavy flooding in Peru, causing serious material damage in addition to the death of 90 people . As with all natural disasters, children are the ones who suffer the main consequences. It is estimated that about 285 thousand young children have been affected. The humanitarian needs are enormous. About 29,000 houses have collapsed, leaving at least 120,000 people homeless. Most of the affected areas have been deprived of drinking water. Another major concern are the more than 2 million children who currently cannot go to schools because they have been closed due to the damages.

(From Vatican Radio)

THE UNEXPECTED INTENSITY OF THE RAINS CAUSE DEATHS AND DISPLACED PEOPLE IN ECUADOR AND PERU

The intense rains in recent weeks in various regions of Ecuador and Peru continue to cause damage to people, animals, crops and infrastructure. In Ecuador, during the rainy season, known as the equatorial winter, the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (Inamhi) reported that in the first 13 days of March, rainfall reached the expected amount of rain for the entire month.
Inamhi believes that in various regions of the country the abnormal conditions will continue, especially in the coastal area, and hopes that storms end by April. It is estimated that currently there are more than 5,000 families affected. The situation in the north of Peru is just as bad, where incessant rains have so far caused 60 000 deaths and affected some 600,000 people, according to the National Emergency Operations Centre (COEN). In the city of Piura alone there are more than 15 thousand victims and the number of people affected has reached 50,000. Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, Archbishop of Lima, has renewed his call for solidarity with the flood victims. (AP)

(From Agenzia Fides, 16/03/2017)

CHOLERA ALARM: "AT LEAST 300 SUSPECTED CASES IN A VAST AND IMPOVERISHED AREA" SAYS CUAMM

There are about 300 suspected cases of cholera which were recorded in February in the counties of Yirol East and Awerial (South Sudan), but the number is expected to grow because "the stories of those who arrive at the health centers from villages further away are alarming". This is what a statement sent to Agenzia Fides by Doctors with Africa Cuamm report. The data reported come from the counties of Yirol East and Awerial (ex Lakes State) where Cuamm works and coordinates the activities of 16 health centers. This is an area that has many complexities, from the difficulties to reach the communities that live scattered along the Nile and far from health centers, to the problem of offering adequate services to a population that, since December 2013, has grown under the influx of thousands of displaced.
"We have not yet an official confirmation that this is cholera, but we think it is very likely", says Giovanni Dall'Oglio, responsible for the operation of Cuamm in the area. In November 2016, the intervention of Cuamm in the former Lakes State extended to all 8 counties (including those affected by the epidemic of cholera), supporting three hospitals and 90 peripheral health centers, in favor of a population of just under 1 million inhabitants, about 250,000 children under five years of age and 58,000 pregnant women. It is a huge area which also includes the banks of the Nile and its islands, these area do not have any kind of health center. (L.M.) (From Agenzia Fides 20/02/2017)

SERIES OF EARTHQUAKES IN CENTRAL ITALY

A total of four quakes over 5.0 on the Richter Scale and more than 200 aftershocks have been recorded in central Italy. A man was found dead under the debris of a building in the town of Castel Castagna, in the province Teramo.

Among the affected municipalities are Amatrice and Montereale were hard hit by a deadly earthquake last year.

The mayor of Montereale said resignedly:

‘‘We have had this problem since 2009”, Massimiliano Georgi told. “Every time we get back on our feet, another one comes along. Unfortunately we have to live with this problem and we have to try to keep going.’‘

(euronews.com)

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