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Thursday, February 23, 2017
CAFOD joins emergency response team in Pakistan
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¬†Staff from Catholic aid agency, CAFOD, are travelling to Pakistan, as part of an emergency response team assessing humanitarian needs of Afghan refugees. The team, co-ordinated by Caritas Internationalis, will help local church partners set up and develop their response to the pending emergency. Patrick Nicholson, from Cafod's press office, who is joining the seven-strong team, said: "I'm delighted to have the opportunity to be part of this expression of solidarity with our local partners at this difficult time. This initiative is part of a new system within the Caritas network aimed at making sure that we work together effectively as an international family of Catholic agencies in times of crisis. "All too often local voices are lost in the international coverage of these humanitarian emergencies. As the communicator on the team, I am interested in making sure that the voice our church partners on the ground makes its way into the media coverage of this crisis around the world." Caritas Pakistan has issued an open letter to all partner agencies sending condolences to the victims of tragedy in the US and calling for restraint from the international community. Fr Joseph Coutts, National Director of Caritas Pakistan, writes: "We reject retaliation through the use of further violence. Military strikes will only kill more innocent people who do not deserve to die." CAFOD has committed £50,000 to partner organisations inside Afghanistan where the humanitarian crisis caused by serious drought has been exacerbated by the threat of military action by the international community. The agency has also set aside money to respond to a possible refugee crisis in Pakistan if the military action goes ahead.
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