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02 May 2015 description
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by Reiseal Ni Cheilleachair

As ‘World Immunisation Week’ draws to an end, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that global vaccination targets are a long way from being met.

There are many challenges to overcome to achieve the goal of reaching all children with vaccines. Of particular concern are the children living in areas, many of them embroiled in conflict, that almost seem to have been forgotten by the world.

07 Jul 2011 description

Reducing Troops Would Put Civilians at Risk, Global Coalition Warns

(New York, July 6, 2011) – The United Nations should ensure that peacekeepers have a strong mandate to protect civilians and should increase the number of troops deployed to South Sudan after the country becomes independent on July 9, 2011, a global coalition of eight international nongovernmental organizations said today.

14 Dec 2010 description

Summary

On Christmas Eve 2008 and over the following three weeks, 865 women, men and children were savagely beaten to death and hundreds more abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in a remote corner in the north-east of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and in southern Sudan. The attack was a murderous backlash in response to Operation "Lightning Thunder", a military offensive launched some 10 days before against the LRA by Uganda, DRC and southern Sudan.

14 Dec 2010 description

Résumé

A la veille de Noël 2008 et pendant les trois semaines qui ont suivi, 865 hommes, femmes et enfants furent sauvagement battus à mort et des centaines d'autres enlevés par l'Armée de Résistance du Seigneur (connue sous son sigle anglais : la LRA) dans un coin reculé du nord-est de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) et au Sud Soudan. L'attaque était une action de représailles contre l'opération « Eclair de Tonnerre », une offensive militaire lancée contre la LRA quelque 10 jours plus tôt par l'Ouganda, la RDC et le Sud Soudan.

06 Mar 2009 description
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Working in a joint programme with other international faith-based agencies, Trócaire provides life-saving support to over 40,000 families in Darfur.

At least ten major international aid agencies have been issued an expulsion/suspension order by the Sudanese Government. Trócaire's programme has not, and our essential activities are ongoing. All staff are safe and well, and are monitoring the situation closely.

Trócaire's priority in Darfur is the provision of relief services to those affected by the conflict.

15 Jul 2008 description
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The Loyola School in Wau, South Sudan, was forced to close over twenty years ago during the on-going civil war. Many of its students fled Sudan and the army soon took over the building.

The building, now picturesque and tranquil on the side of a hill overlooking the town, was the site of many horrific events including torture, rape and the slaughter of civilians.

But after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005, the army moved out, the school was handed back to the Jesuits, who just last week reopened for the first time since 1987.

The Loyola school …

18 Jun 2008 description
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To mark World Refugee Day this week, June 20, we look at a Sudanese family who made it back home after seven long years of exile.

Sudan's civil war between the North and the South lasted for 22 years from 1983 to 2005.

25 Apr 2008 description
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Every year half a billion people become severely ill with malaria and although the disease is preventable and curable, it still claims the lives of over one million people annually.

Most cases of malaria occur in sub-Saharan Africa, with pregnant women and children most at risk.

22 Apr 2008 description
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22 April 2008 - Following a week of tension and uncertainty the Sudan National Population census begins today, April 22. This was the last possible time for a census to be carried out before the rainy season (May-November) when most roads in Southern Sudan become impassable.

The census, a key provision of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between North and South Sudan, was due to start on April 15.

22 Oct 2007 description
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Trócaire has been an active member of the Darfur Emergency Response Operation - DERO since 2004, sending staff to the field during the initial stages and contributing more than two million Euros to the programme.

Below, Chris Herlinger, of Church World Service reports on the deteriorating situation in Sudan for DERO and other humanitarian operations which is prompting increased anxiety by those affected by the ongoing crisis, as well as by those responding to the emergency, soon to enter its fifth year.

Recent attacks by rebels against AU peacekeepers in North Darfur resulted in the …

31 Jul 2007 description
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Pope Benedict recently described the situation in Darfur as "a catastrophic, and sadly to say underestimated, humanitarian situation." But despite the high profile the atrocities of Sudan's most recent crisis have generated, the international community has thus far failed in its collective 'responsibility to protect' the people of Darfur, writes Justin Kilcullen.

Catalogue of human suffering

As Darfur enters its fifth year of conflict, the catalogue of human suffering endured by the people of that region continues to grow.

17 May 2007 description
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Trócaire has written to the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Dublin expressing grave concern about the deteriorating situation in Darfur. As Sudan's single largest trading partner, Trócaire is calling on the Government of the People's Republic of China to use its significant influence with the Sudanese government to improve the prospects for peace in the region.

23 Feb 2007 description
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The 23rd of February 2007 marks four years of brutal conflict between the Government of Sudan and rebel groups in the western region of Darfur. Throughout this time hundreds of thousands of people have died, with estimates of the mortality rate ranging from 200,000 to 400,000. The violence has displaced over 2.5 million people from their homes.

21 Dec 2006 description
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Three years after the current crisis began in Darfur, Sudan, up to two million people are still living in camps across the region. Insecurity and sporadic conflict persists, preventing people from returning to their land and villages and in some areas preventing aid workers from reaching those displaced.

19 Dec 2006 description
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Despite weeks of intense diplomatic wrangling over Darfur, the likelihood of an urgently needed political resolution to the crisis continues to seem remote.

Recent developments are unlikely to reassure the four million people affected by the conflict in Sudan's war-torn region that an end to their suffering is in sight. Violence is escalating in Darfur with all parties persistently violating Darfur Peace Agreement or N'djamena ceasefire provisions.

24 Nov 2006 description
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November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women marked the opening day of a worldwide campaign of 16 Days of Action against Gender Violence that seeks to raise awareness about gender-based violence.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the term 'gender-based violence' (GBV) is used to distinguish violence that targets individuals or groups of individuals on the basis of their gender, from other forms of violence. GBV includes violent acts such as rape, torture, mutilation, sexual slavery, forced impregnation and murder.

03 Nov 2006 description
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The renewed concern expressed by Trócaire in recent weeks that the situation in Darfur may deteriorate even further, seems well founded as violence in the Western Sudanese region continues to rise. In the absence of a widely endorsed political solution to the conflict and with seasonal rains easing, the escalating violence looks unlikely to wane in the coming months.

24 Oct 2006 description
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Trócaire expresses dismay at the Sudanese government's decision yesterday to expel Jan Pronk, the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the UN to Sudan.

16 Oct 2006 description
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Before beginning the long trek back home we meet with the programme staff in their HQ in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur. I express my admiration for the dedication of this band of aid workers from over ten countries. More than half of the thirty or so team members are from Africa - Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Nigeria; others hail from as diverse locations as Iceland and Australia. Life in Darfur is really difficult. The climate is harsh - temperatures are up to 40C in the afternoon. Accommodation is basic, there is little social life. Bars are non-existent, cafes few.

13 Oct 2006 description
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What now for Darfur?

Friday is the Muslim day of rest but for many around here its a day of work, an opportunity to catch up on undone tasks. Our first appointment is with the commander of the African Union military force here. He is a colonel in the Rwandan army which operates in this area. He receives us very cordially but soon we can sense his discomfort at our questions. It's not that we are prying but rather that the mandate of the AU force is so weak that it is clear they can do very little. He is very encouraging to us, urging the NGOs to do more for the displaced people.