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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.

16 Mar 2018 description
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by Sean Farell

In 2012, at the age of nine, Daniel Okweng featured on the Trócaire Box as part of that year’s Lenten appeal. He is still bemused by the idea that a million households saw his smiling face every day for two months.

I visited Daniel and his family at their home last week, it had been six years since we last met. Daniel had then been a shy nine year old with a big smile. Now Daniel is a tall 15-year-old teenage.

18 Oct 2017 description
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Trócaire and its Caritas partners are supporting South Sudanese refugees who have fled into the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to escape persecution and hunger in their conflict-torn, drought hit country. Nelly Maonde, Trócaire Humanitarian Programme Advisor, reports on a recent visit to Biringi refugee camp in Ituri province, north east DRC.

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.

08 Jul 2017 description
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This Sunday, South Sudan will mark six years since it became an independent country. Instead of marking Independence Day with pomp and festivity, the mood in the youngest nation on earth will be one of mourning as people wonder how a country with such potential has ended up in a spiral of conflict, rampant inflation and mass hunger.

Two million South Sudanese - almost one in four of its population - have been forced to flee the country since the outbreak of conflict in December 2013. Nine out of ten South Sudanese refugees in neighbouring countries are women and children.

23 Feb 2017 description

27 humanitarian agencies working in South Sudan have warned that unless substantial funds are immediately provided to those working on the ground, organisations will struggle to stop famine spreading across the country in the next few months. The statement follows Monday’s declaration of famine in parts of the country.

19 Jul 2016 description
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Posted by Meabh Smith

As a ceasefire holds in South Sudan, Trócaire is supporting emergency aid for people forced from their homes.

As a fragile ceasefire holds in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, tens of thousands of people are now homeless; either sheltering in church and UN compounds, living in forests, or displaced to surrounding rural areas.

Trócaire is getting food, clean water, sanitation and emergency supplies to people sheltering in church compounds with our UK partner, CAFOD.

An estimated 36,000 people forced from home

12 Jul 2016 description
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Posted by Meabh Smith

This month marks the fifth anniversary of South Sudan, the world’s youngest independent country.

On 9 July 2011, South Sudan gained independence after 20 years of civil war between north and south Sudan, during which time over two million people were killed.

The fledgling country faced huge problems – the legacy of decades of war, limited infrastructure, a lack of services and extreme poverty.

28 Apr 2016 description

Since the latest conflict erupted in South Sudan in December 2013, more than 2.3 million people have been forced to flee their homes and 3.9 million (approximately one third of the population) do not have enough to eat. All humanitarian actors struggle to respond to these acute needs against a context of chronic poverty, ongoing conflict and insecurity, limited infrastructure and a significant funding shortfall.

25 Aug 2015 description

As negotiations and the search for peace to end South Sudan’s civil war continues, CAFOD and Trocaire have joined Bishop Barani Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala of the Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambio in denouncing recent attacks and rise of insecurity in Western Equatoria state.

Following incidences of violence in three counties, Mundri, Meridi and Yambio, on 9th August 2015, thousands of people have fled from their homes in the three counties in what the Diocese of Tombura-Yambio described as the worst tragedy in the history of Western Equatoria.

08 Jul 2015 description

South Sudan marks the fourth anniversary of its independence on 9 July. While the country faced enormous development challenges after separating from Sudan, it was a time of great hope - but today the world’s newest nation is facing a humanitarian catastrophe.

15 Jun 2015 description

International agencies issue grave warning ahead of crucial donor conference for South Sudan, stating millions of people risk plunging deeper into crisis if urgent funding is not delivered.

Donors attending Tuesday’s Geneva pledging conference for South Sudan should address a massive funding shortfall– more than $1.1 billion of the humanitarian response- in order to avert immense suffering for millions of people, humanitarian agencies said today.

27 May 2015 description
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Trócaire has been forced to evacuate three staff members from an area of South Sudan as a result of heavy fighting. Three staff members, who are all South Sudan nationals, spent three days taking shelter in a UN compound before being evacuated.

Our office in Melut, which is in the north of the country, has been broken into and badly looted as government and anti-government forces fight for control of the region. We have been forced to suspend our humanitarian programmes in the region, which had been delivering aid to 20,000 people in two towns.

21 May 2015 description

CAFOD and Trocaire are gravely concerned about the attack on the town of Melut in South Sudan.
The international aid agencies have been forced to withdraw their staff and halt their life-saving humanitarian work with vulnerable communities who have been caught up in nearly two years of conflict between government and opposition forces.

Jane Andanje, Country Representative for CAFOD and Trocaire, gave the following report:

29 Oct 2014 description
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By Faith Kasina

Pass by any tea kiosk or shopping outlet strewn along the roadsides, or a fleet of commuter bikes commonly known as bodaboda in South Sudan and you will notice one commonality: radio.

Whether housed in a mobile phone or public address system, radios are simply a way of life here and quite clearly a living need for people to stay informed.

05 Oct 2014 description
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Aid agencies warn of famine next year as upsurge in fighting imminent

Agencies fear recent improvements will be wiped out as the number of severely hungry people will rise by 1 million in first three months of 2015

A group of leading aid agencies warned today that parts of South Sudan – already the world’s worse food crisis – could fall into famine early next year if the nine-month long conflict escalates as expected.

22 Apr 2014 description
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by Faith Kasina

“My house is just behind this compound but I’m too afraid to go back. I’ll only leave when it’s safe.”

This is 25 year old Salome Amira’s reality, forced to leave behind a stable life and thriving business for an IDP camp outside South Sudan’s capital, Juba.

A million more South Sudanese like her now live in similar camps within the country and beyond, resulting from political feuds which quickly begot tribal violence and war, mid last December.

However, Salome remembers a different South Sudan not too long ago.