- Aug 12, 2020
The new president and CEO of CRS Sean Callahan, said he wants to help connect those in the United States to see “brothers and sisters in other parts of the world … connect those who have more with those who have less.”
Once largely confined to Nigeria, the violence associated with the militant Islamic group Boko Haram is now spilling into neighboring countries such as Niger and Chad, creating a humanitarian nightmare for humanitarian groups such as Catholic Relief Services.
Four months after an April 16 earthquake that killed more than 670 people, injured nearly 5,000 and left as many as 80,000 homeless, residents of northern Ecuador are slowly rebuilding. But the disaster exposed long-standing problems related to chronic poverty that will take longer to solve, especially in rural areas.
Church organizations have been distributing food, drinking water and mattresses, while trying to establish contact with small communities that were cut off when roads and telephone lines were destroyed.
Six members of the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother, including a young nun from Northern Ireland, are among the dead in the strongest earthquake to strike Ecuador since 1979. Sister Clare Theresa Crockett, 33, of Londonderry, died while leading children to safety in a school at Playa