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20 Jul 2018 description
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Garry Walsh

July 2018 marks the one-year anniversary of Trócaire's emergency appeal in response to the crisis in East Africa. Trócaire has been able to respond to the crisis providing water, food and funds to 75,000 people.

July 2018 marks the one-year anniversary of Trócaire's emergency appeal in response to the crisis in East Africa.

This appeal responded to the threat of famine in Somalia, South Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia. A combination of drought and conflict left almost 25 million people facing severe food shortages.

10 May 2018 description
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Flooding in Kenya has forced almost 250,000 people from their homes over recent days.

Trócaire is responding and will be providing food, water and other aid to 12,000 people over the coming weeks.

The flooding has been caused by heavy rainfall across the country. This follows prolonged drought that left millions without food – a further sign of the weather extremes now facing people in the region.

Approximately 100 people have died as a result of the floods. The flooding has also led to an outbreak of cholera.

05 Jan 2018 description
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Having teetered on the brink of famine throughout much of 2017, rain over the final three months of the year was expected to bring much-needed relief to millions of people in Somalia. Unfortunately, the October-December rains failed to arrive. What was supposed to be three months of rainfall amounted to little more than three weeks of on-and-off showers.

That was the fourth consecutive rainy season to have failed, leaving millions of people facing into 2018 with no end in sight for their suffering.

24 Oct 2017 description
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Amina Ahmed, Trócaire Somalia

This month Trócaire celebrated the graduation of 87 young people between the ages of 14 and 29 years, who participated in an EU-funded skills training project in Belet Hawa, Gedo, Somalia.

Trócaire established the new programme in Gedo with the objective of increasing the participation of youth and adults, including those from vulnerable groups, in vocational education and training.

04 Sep 2017 description
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By Liz Evers

Fundraising appeal has helped Trócaire scale up its efforts in East African countries where drought situation continues to deteriorate.

For several months now, the East African countries of Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya have been experiencing the devastating impacts of prolonged drought. Over 26 million people in the affected regions are now severely food insecure.

Trócaire has been engaged in a relief effort with fellow humanitarian agencies, funding partners and local organisations to support the most vulnerable and worst impacted.

03 May 2016 description
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Posted by Meabh Smith

Fardoza sits on her father’s arms, looking on as he talks with a doctor from Luuq hospital in Gedo, Somalia. She’s oblivious to how lucky she is to be alive.

A few months ago, little Fardoza was admitted to the Trócaire-funded hospital in Luuq with severe malnutrition and vomiting.

The five year old’s condition was so severe that doctors had no hope that she would survive. She was soon diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB).

30 Oct 2013 description
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by Faith Kasina, Communications Officer, Somalia

In a striped red and black jersey and oversized blue jeans, Khalid sits beside his mother keenly listening as she instructs one of his sisters to complete her chores.

They moved to Mandera town on the Kenya-Somalia border in 2008 after his parents and two sisters had to flee their Mogadishu home, having been caught in crossfire between government forces and militants.

20 Jul 2012 description
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Posted by Justin Kilcullen

I will never forget the shocking scenes I witnessed in east Africa last summer. Mothers, fathers and children left facing days on end with no food, weak from hunger and desperate in the knowledge that it would be months before the rains came.

There was a hopelessness in people’s eyes as they stared out at their barren land and empty animal pens. Drought had deprived them of food, of animals, of income. They were left with nothing.

16 Dec 2011 description
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Posted by Alan Whelan

Below I've picked 11 of our most striking photos from a busy 2011, representing Trócaire's work responding to emergencies in Haiti, East Africa and Pakistan and our long term development work in Honduras, Malawi, Mozambique, Palestine and Zimbabwe.

Somalia

23 Aug 2011 description
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Massive up-scaling of feeding and health programmes underway

Trocaire will spend €7.5m responding to the east Africa food crisis in 2011, after donations from the Irish public surpassed the €5m mark. With the lives of 12.4 million people in the region in danger, Trocaire will use money from the Irish public to dramatically increase food distribution over the coming weeks as the emergency deepens.

11 Jan 2010 description
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Written by Alan Whelan on Mon, 2010-01-11 17:56

Monday's announcement from the World Food Programme (WFP) of a suspension of its humanitarian operations in southern Somalia for security reasons, has pushed the troubled Horn of Africa even closer to the brink of humanitarian disaster.

Somalia is suffering through one of the world's most neglected and long-running humanitarian crises. The country has been without an effective government since President Siad Barre was overthrown in 1991.

06 May 2008 description
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Imagine trying to make a home for your family from twigs and bits of cloth, in a camp with 250,000 other people, all relying entirely on aid agencies for food and water that is becoming increasingly scarce. Welcome to Afgooye, a camp for internally displaced people, located some 40km from the Somali capital of Mogadishu.

02 Nov 2007 description
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After a relative lull over the past 48 hours, fighting has begun again in the Somali capital of Mogadishu where the United Nations estimates that nearly 90,000 people have been displaced since the end of October. As the situation deteriorates Trócaire is calling for the protection of civilians caught up in the fighting, as well as safe access for humanitarian organisations to reach those in need of life-saving assistance.

"About 450,000 people have fled their homes this year, because of all the fighting" according to Rosemary Heenan, of Trócaire.

27 Apr 2007 description
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Nairobi, 27/04/07 - Shells and mortars once again fell on the streets of Mogadishu yesterday as the exodus from the city continued. Intense fighting erupted earlier this month when Somali forces of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and their Ethiopian allies launched an offensive against Hawiye clan militia and remnants of the Islamic Courts Union.

The United Nations now estimates that fully 365,000 civilians have fled fighting in the Somali capital since the beginning of February alone.

23 Mar 2007 description
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by Donough Ryan

Monday's exchange of mortars and artillery shells between Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and Ethiopian forces on one side and what many believe are hard-line remnants of the defeated Islamist movement on the other, marked but the latest violent incident in an increasingly insecure Mogadishu. In keeping with much of the recent violence in the city, it was civilians who bore the brunt of the fighting with reports indicating that at least two residents were killed and several more injured.

23 Jan 2007 description
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Trócaire is continuing to assist poor and vulnerable communities in Somalia despite the sharp deterioration in security and increasing harassment of both Somali civilians and humanitarian personnel. However, the agency warned that long-term peace and security in Somalia is only attainable with a broad-based and consensus-led government in place.

Trócaire is calling on the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the international community to ensure that:

- International humanitarian law is upheld and humanitarian organisations regain safe and unfettered access to all who need their …

25 Oct 2006 description
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With four months having passed since the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) gained control of the Somali capital of Mogadishu, this troubled Horn of Africa nation once again finds itself facing all-out civil war.

Noel Molony, Trócaire's East Africa Regional Representative, describes the current situation as extremely worrying. "Recent developments in Somalia have the potential to push the country toward a humanitarian disaster.

22 Sep 2006 description
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Recent weeks have witnessed a marked deterioration in the political and security situation in Somalia. Escalating tensions between the country's Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the increasingly powerful Islamic Courts Union (ICU), have thrown a pall of uncertainty and renewed violence over this long troubled country.