Cyclone disaster

  • A call to donate towards the Cyclone Idai survivors in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi: Jesuit Relief Fund

    Cyclone Idai devastates the southern hemisphere: Millions of people in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi affected in what might be the worst disaster amidst climate change

    By Anastasia Makunu, JCAM Communications

    In a FaceBook post, the Jesuit Province of Zimbabwe Mozambique (ZIM) called on all to help in raising funds for the survivors and victims of Cyclone Idai. The post read “through the Jesuit Relief fund, a project set up to allow the Jesuits to provide emergency humanitarian aid to communities affected by natural disasters such as the one our brothers and sisters have faced.

  • Cyclone Idai: A tragedy, a lesson, and demonstration of human solidarity

    By Anold Moyo, SJ | Silveira House - Harare

    “Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live.” These words from Robert Kennedy continue to ring true and give hope in the disaster that has befallen Southern Africa in the wake of Cyclone Idai. On 14 March 2019, Cyclone Idai, with wind speeds of over 170 km/hr and rainfall of up to 406mm in a day (Chisengu Estate Chimanimani), made landfall at Beira, moving on into Eastern Zimbabwe and Malawi. For scale, it is useful to note that in other areas of the Limpopo basin, annual average rainfall is 400mm.

  • Statement by the President of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) on Cyclone Idai

    My thoughts are with the hundreds of thousands in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi who have been affected by Cyclone Idai over the past week. The devastation this storm has caused deserves the attention and support of the international community to rebuild. I am encouraged by the level of humanitarian assistance to the affected countries.

    The Jesuits in Africa and Madagascar join the rest of Africa and the world in mourning the loss, interruption and destruction of lives and livelihoods caused by Cyclone Idai. The scale of devastation it caused is enormous.

  • This earth, our mother

    Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator SJ is President of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar

    Fr Orobator wrote the following article for Mission News before Tropical Cyclone Idai hit the countries of southeast Africa {see link}. After the Cyclone, he wrote in a statement: “Disasters such as this one need... [to awaken our sympathy] to God’s creation itself. As humanity, we need to respond to the distress of our planet. Global increase in adverse and calamitous weather conditions is a manifestation of climate change, which we humans are largely responsible for. While the poor are the least responsible for global warming and environmental degradation, it is they who bear the brunt of its effects.