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CAFOD’s year in pictures

January South Sudan referendum: Archbishop Paulino casts his ballot in Juba, Sudan, on Sunday January 9 2011. The country votes on whether to continue as a unified Sudan or to secede and become their own nation.

February Peruvian pollution: in a mockery of the symbol of God’s covenant with us after the flood, a once pure lake now suffers a rainbow of pollution by a mining company in Peru.

March Nina’s dream: Nina lives in Mauá, in a community of homeless people living in an occupied building. She wants to be doctor when she is older. She’s also training as a youth leader. Her hands make the shape of a heart: an expression of affection to the UK parishes and schools who have sent messages and photos of solidarity.

April Just One World: pupils at Glory Primary School, Kibera, Nairobi, watching a message from Holy Rosary and St Anne's School, Leeds.

May Cote d’Ivoire and Liberia crisis: over 100,000 refugees have fled into Liberia to escape the violence in Cote d’Ivoire. Refugee Mako Jean talking with Bishop John Rawsthorne, former Chair of CAFOD Board of Trustees says, “I pray to God that help comes soon. Otherwise we could die of hunger or cold.”

June Tea time for change: over 1200 of you met with 145 MPs in Westminster to tell them how you felt about development. Sister Pat Robb met with her Cambridge MP, Julian Huppert, she said, “As Christians we have to do something. We've been asked to do our part, to set the prisoners free. The prisoners of poverty.�

July Reality of the slums: student Holly Phillips visited a slum in Nairobi, Kenya. The slum is home to over 100,000 people, she said, “Going to Nairobi has made me realise, there’s more to faith than going to Mass. If you believe in making the world a better place, you need to act on what you believe.”

August East Africa crisis: the drought that hit large parts of Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and South Sudan was described by some Church partners as the worst in living memory. More than 13 million people needed emergency relief. Thanks to the donations of CAFOD supporters, we have helped more than a quarter of a million people across the region.

September Pakistan monsoon: as some parts of the country still fought to recover after the 2010 floods, Heavy rains caused widespread flooding in Sindh Province, Pakistan

October Bearing Witness: in a stunning candlelit vigil in the heart of Manchester, we reminded attendees of the Conservative Party Annual Conference that as Christians we want justice for those affected by climate change.

November Hope blooms: In Afghanistan, we’re supporting small, rural businesses which employ mostly women, to grow high-quality saffron. The saffron is then sold for a good price. Our aim is that the money they earn may be enough to carry the people through Afghanistan’s increasingly cold winters.

December World AIDS day: Tanzania: Mary Frank Mlacky, is part of the Matumaini (Hope) Group supported by CAFOD partner the Diocese of Moshi. The group provides people living with HIV and AIDS training to help them make a living.

CAFOD's year in pictures  

Our work in 2011 took us all over the world, responding to emergencies, building communities and campaigning for change. Thank you for journ...

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