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23 Jun 2014 description
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GOAL is currently working with the relevant authorities in Sudan to locate the whereabouts of two of their Sudanese aid workers who remain unaccounted for following an incident in the Darfur region of Sudan on Wednesday, June 18th.

Three GOAL national staff members and a Sudanese national working with another agency were abducted by an unknown group while travelling by vehicle on a routine assignment close to Kutum town in North Darfur. The driver of the vehicle, a GOAL staff member, was later released, but the other three aid workers remain missing.

06 Jul 2012 description
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06/07/12 Ahead of her visit to refugee camps in South Sudan’s Upper Nile State on Saturday (July 07), aid agency GOAL is urging former Irish President, Mary Robinson to use her considerable influence to try to ensure that the international community does not turn its back on the country’s escalating refugee crisis.

The visit comes a few days before the first anniversary of the independence of South Sudan on July 09. Mrs. Robinson will visit Batil, one of the worst affected camps, where GOAL is delivering emergency aid to approximately 34,000 refugees.

30 Nov 2011 description
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International aid agency, GOAL, has just secured a €300,000 two-year grant from the EU to help support the agency’s REFLECT programme in Kassala, Sudan.

REFLECT is designed to empower women in the developing world through raising literacy levels. This in turn considerably raises the welfare prospects of vulnerable families.

GOAL pioneered REFLECT in Sudan over a decade ago. Since then, many thousands of previously illiterate women and their families have benefitted. The agency is now also delivering the programme in Ethiopia and Malawi.

23 May 2011 description
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In light of the recent escalation of fighting in the Abyei region of Sudan between troops loyal to the Northern and Southern governments, GOAL has decided to withdraw its entire staff from the location due to concerns for their safety.

28 Oct 2009 description
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GOAL is dedicated to ensuring that the poorest of the poor and those affected by humanitarian crises have access to the fundamental needs and rights of life including, but not limited to, food, water, shelter, medical attention and primary education.

GOAL has responded to almost every major natural and man-made disaster in the past 32 years and is currently operational in +10 countries.

07 Sep 2009 description
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GOAL welcomes the decision of the Irish Government to send Minister for Foreign Affairs, Micheál Martin to Khartoum in an effort to secure the release of two of our staff, Hilda Kawuki and Sharon Commins.

In a statement, GOAL's CEO John O'Shea said, "We are very pleased that the government has agreed to our suggestion that a senior minister be introduced into the rescue effort"

"There can of course be no guarantees in a situation such as this.

04 Jul 2009 description
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GOAL CEO John O'Shea appealed to the kidnappers of two GOAL aid workers in Sudan to release them immediately without harm.

Dubliner Sharon Commins (32) and her Ugandan colleague Hilda Kuwuki (42) were taken from their compound in Kutum, in northern Darfur on Friday evening at approximately 8.30pm local time. Six armed men forced them into a vehicle along with a Sudanese security guard who was thrown from the vehicle as local police gave chase.

"We have had no contact with the kidnappers and we are very concerned for their safety.

25 Mar 2009 description
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GOAL currently employs approximately 100 GOALies who work alongside over 2,500 local staff to implement humanitarian programs in 10 countries. GOALies include country directors, project managers, accountants, nurses, doctors, nutritionists, administrative personnel and engineers.

GOAL's programs target the poorest of the poor and people suffering the effects of war and/or natural disaster. Funding for these projects comes from the governments of, among others, Ireland, the UK and the US.

23 Feb 2009 description
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GOAL spent €6,740,000 in Sudan North in 2007
GOAL spent €7,260,000 in Sudan South in 2007

30 Sep 2008 description
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GOAL is responding to an emergency in southeast Sudan where flooding and an influx of returned refugees are straining local resources.

As recent media reports have indicated, malnutrition and sickness have been claiming the lives of the vulnerable in several villages in Blue Nile State.

GOAL's country director has reported that 3,000 returned refugees have arrived in the area in recent months. Food rations intended to last until September ran out in July and crops cultivated with seeds and tools distributed to promote sustainable agriculture have been lost to …

30 Jun 2008 description
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Survey Date: May 2008
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22 Aug 2007 description
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Flooding in the Kassala region is now thought to have affected over over 40,000 people.

Medical experts are now concerned that disease epidemics resulting from the flooding could cause many more deaths. Diarrohea and cholera are already in evidence and could soon spread as both flooding and living conditions deteriorate further.

193 GOAL emergency programme volunteers are carrying out distributions in the areas of health and hygiene, including preventative health campaigns in malaria and cholera.

15 Aug 2007 description
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The announcement that the United Nation's (UN) new Darfur force will be exclusively African is entirely predictable, the aid agency GOAL said today.

GOAL has maintained from the outset that the UN hybrid force was a cop-out on the part of the international community. GOAL CEO John O'Shea commented, "The international community never wanted to get involved in sending troops to Darfur.

10 Aug 2007 description
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GOAL, the international humanitarian organisation, was pleased this weekend to take receipt of the first airlift of Irish Aid relief supplies from the new United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) in Brindisi, Italy.

The consignment, which consisted of 3,000 tarpaulins for use as temporary shelters and over 2,200 mosquito nets, were delivered to GOAL's operation centre in Kassala, eastern Sudan to help alleviate the affects of massive flooding in that region.

01 Aug 2007 description
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The humanitarian agency, GOAL, who have been calling for the deployment of international peace keepers to Darfur for four years, has greeted with little enthusiasm the news that the United Nations Security Council intends to send a hybrid force into Sudan's western states.

GOAL CEO John O'Shea said today, "In the opinion of the organisation this mission is unlikely to end the pain and suffering of the vulnerable people of Darfur."

O'Shea added, "We need to ask why the Security Council has mandated a hybrid force?

30 Jul 2007 description
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GOAL is distributing emergency items for the estimated 17,000 people affected by the severe flooding in the Kassala region of northern Sudan.

Approximately 21,000 people in total have been hit by the floods, and GOAL is hastily working to get plastic sheeting for shelter and other household items to the remainder of the worst-hit.

Access is very difficult due to the flooding, and the level of the Gash River is at a similar level already to that of 2003, when the last major flooding caused major damage and death.

23 Jul 2007 description
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GOAL chief executive John O'Shea is reiterating his criticism of the international community over its attitude to the Darfur region of Sudan.

The criticism comes as the EU announces plans to send up to 3,000 soldiers to the African state of Chad in order to protect refugees from neighbouring Darfur.

An estimated 400,000 displaced people are living in camps in eastern Chad.

Despite welcoming the EU move in Chad, GOAL chief executive John O'Shea is accusing the international community of failing to tackle the main issue of the conflict in Darfur.

He claims the EU …

13 Jul 2007 description
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The Metro, 13th July 2007 - Workers with Irish charity Goal are in a state of high alert for what may be the worst flooding on record in Sudan. Rainfall in east Africa has already destroyed 1,000 homes. Goal is working to help affected families in Kassala, Sudan, after 16 hours of rainfall left dozens of people dead and thousands homeless. 'Their homes, built with mud and straw are destroyed every time the floods come, and rebuilding is never strong enough to withstand the waters when they rise again,' said Goal's Conor Philips.

09 Jul 2007 description
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GOAL volunteers are working round the clock in Sudan's Kassala region after heavy torrential rainfall - some of the worst in years - caused 1,000 family homes to collapse, with further rains forecast.

While the exact scale of the disaster has not yet been determined, most predictions believe this flooding season will be worse than 2003 when the region experienced its worst flood on record.

As one of only two implementing agencies in the Kassala region, GOAL is distributing emergency kits to hundreds of affected families who lost all their meagre belongings in the flash floods.

08 Dec 2006 description
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The continuing deterioration of the security situation has forced GOAL to withdraw all remaining international staff from Darfur after three years of work, providing humanitarian relief to 220,000 war victims.

The three remaining GOALies are being evacuated, along with other international staff, to Khartoum, where the aid agency will run the programmes through local staff.

In a statement GOAL's John O'Shea said: