Statement about Central African Republic
We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn that a convicted child abuser was appointed as the Country Director for Caritas Central African Republic (CAR).
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand understands Fr Delft, a Belgian national, is now the subject of further allegations and has returned to Belgium where he is under investigation.
We have written directly to Caritas Internationalis to express our deep concerns regarding this matter and to ask how this was allowed to happen. We have sought reassurance that victims are receiving the support they need and that they are taking all appropriate measures to ensure that a situation like this cannot occur again.
All member organisations of the international Caritas Confederation are independently managed from within their own countries, including New Zealand. As part of the Confederation, each member is expected to adhere to a Caritas Code of Ethics, Code of Conduct and Children and Vulnerable Adults Safeguarding Policy. Caritas encourages anyone with a child protection concern to report to the local Police.
Despite this distressing news, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand will continue in its work to overcome poverty, protect lives and relieve suffering and we will continue to ensure we have the highest possible standards in providing humanitarian assistance.
Media requests on Central African Republic to Thierry Bonaventura – +39 3516197118 firstname.lastname@example.org. The Contact for Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is Amanda Gregan, Tel. 027 9399 575 or email@example.com