Equatorial Guinea is one of the smallest countries in Africa, comprising a mainland and offshore islands. It is the only Spanish-speaking African country. The country has a large number of Catholics, perhaps the highest percentage in Africa, although the Catholic Church was persecuted during the dictatorship of Macías Nguema (1968–1979).
Caritas Equatorial Guinea was founded in 1980. The organisation’s work centres on helping the poor and the disadvantaged, and it plays an important role in emergency situations (floods, fires, among others). It also involved in the fight against AIDS, and gives training to mothers on hygiene and nutrition, etc. Important events include Caritas Day, which is celebrated on the feast of Corpus Christi.
Caritas Equatorial Guinea has forged alliances with other Caritas members, such as Caritas Spain, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Secours Catholique (Caritas France).
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