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Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Pakistan: Caritas staff injured in Lahore bombing
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¬†CAFOD has offered condolences to colleagues in Caritas Pakistan, affected by the bombings in Lahore yesterday. Pauline Taylor≠McKeown, Head of International Programmes Asia, said: "We are deeply sorry to hear of the devastation and loss of life the bombings in Lahore caused today. We are particularly saddened to hear that one staff member died and at least 10 staff from our partner Caritas Pakistan were injured. "Caritas Pakistan works to improve the lives of the poor throughout the country and we are deeply concerned that now they have been affected by the violence. We offer our prayers and sympathy to colleagues and their families who have been touched by today's violence, together with all those affected." Latest figures say that 28 people died and 150 were injured in the blasts. The Gatekeeper from Caritas Lahore, and the young daughter of the Bishop's driver died and at least 10 Caritas staff members were injured. Caritas staff immediately responded by taking the injured to hospital and comforting the families of the dead. Caritas Pakistan was founded in 1965 and runs development and emergency response programmes throughout the country with no regard to race, religion, or political affiliation. Caritas Internationalis, the umbrella organisation for 162 national Catholic charities including Caritas Pakistan, would like to see an end to the violence in the country.
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