|Immediate response to refugee crisis in Mali and Burkina Faso!
On this feast day of St. Camillus, I reflect on the work of two members of CTF Central, Brother Luca Perletti and Fr. Paolo Guarise. They just finished a one week assessment of the situation in northern Burkina Faso where they visited three refugee camps. SOS DRS paid for the cost of this assessment. Now, in collaboration with the Camillians of the Vice-Province of Burkina Faso and the Diocese of Dori in that country, SOS DRS is looking to assist some of the 65,000 people who have fled Mali because of famine and war. Just as St. Camillus responded to the health care needs of persons suffering from war in the 1500s, Camillians today are responding to the effects of war in 2012. Courage, care and conviction are being exemplified by our religious priests, brothers, and sisters who are following in the foot steps of St. Camillus. St. Camillus is the patron saint of the sick, nurses, hospitals, and physicians–and SOS DRS! Thus we ask St. Camillus in prayer to watch over both the sick in refugee camps and our caregivers trying to meet their needs.
Refugees are settling in the Diocese of Dori in camps and the resettling is being coordinated by UNHCR (for official refugee camps). These refugees are registered and provided with basic needs. The CTF will look to “fill the gaps” and provide infrastructure support to the refugees and the local community that is trying to absorb this new population.
Left to Right in the background — Fr. Henri Nitiema, (Vice-Provincial of Burkina Faso); Fr. Paolo Guarise, Brother Luca Perletti
Our community-based approach in Burkina Faso is going to focus on:
1. Hygiene: to build bore wells for water provision for the host community and for refugees.
2. Food provision for the malnourished: to provide the elderly and children (300 people over 6 months) meal supplements. This will be done in conjunction with Caritas and the Diocese of Dori.
3. Health: to make the surgical and medical facilities of the Camillians in Burkina Faso available for refugees.