Caritas donated financial assistance to facilitate the return of 968 displaced persons welcomed in the John XXIII center in Bangui to their home.
The necessary funds, 80 million CFA Francs, were allocated by the
The Vatican initiative relates not only to the John XXIII
center but also to other reception centers for displaced persons who
were forced to flee from the clashes during the most acute phases of the
According to the head of the Caritas programs, Marcel Bendo, the funds
allocated by the Vatican allow to help 371 families.
In addition to the
John XXIII center, the program is also aimed at the St Marc Major
Seminary, San Salvatore and the Capuchin parishes.
IDPs welcomed in San
Salvatore parish and those at the Seminary have already received the sum
that has allowed them to return.
The Vatican's contribution to encourage the return of refugees comes
after the 'home for Christmas Operation' launched by the government that
allowed the closure of the reception center at Bangui airport and other
places in the Central African capital.
In February 2017 there were 127,933 displaced persons grouped in reception centers in Bangui against 138,415 in March 2016.