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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.

21 Oct 2016 description
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Over the last year and a half, some 300,000 Burundians have fled their homeland to seek refuge in neighbouring countries.

So far, this unfolding refugee crisis and the escalating political situation in Burundi have received little attention in the mainstream media.

Violent clashes between protestors and police began in Burundi in April 2015 when incumbent President Pierre Nkurunziza announced his intension to run for a third term – a move deemed unconstitutional by his opponents.

25 Apr 2013 description
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By Sean Farrell, Trócaire Country Representative in Uganda

For many women in Uganda, violence is not an isolated and horrid act, but a fact of life. A large study conducted throughout the country in 2006 found that up to 70 per cent of Ugandan women over 15 years of age had experienced physical or sexual violence.

Half of these women experienced violence at the hands of their husbands or partners. These shocking statistics are well above the average in Africa and worldwide, making Uganda one of the most dangerous places in the world for women.

14 Dec 2010 description


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


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.

03 Mar 2010 description
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More than 300 people are feared killed after torrential rain caused a series of landslides in a mountainous region in Uganda's east.

More than 300 people are feared killed after torrential rain caused a series of landslides in a mountainous region in Uganda's east.

Rescuers are digging through the mud on the slopes of Mount Elgon with small tools as diggers cannot reach the area.

More than 80 deaths have been confirmed, with at least 250 more people still missing.

A team of Tróaire's partners from the international Caritas federation is assessing the needs of the …

23 Dec 2009 description
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Written by Alan Whelan on Wed, 2009-12-23 15:53

Imagine a little packet of seeds and the basic tools to allow a person to plant them properly in the soil and tend them as they grow. Imagine that so little can create the means by which a family can grow enough food to feed itself.

People's right to food does not simply mean the right to be fed. It means the ability to produce enough food to eat and to trade or sell.

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.

21 Apr 2008 description
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21 April 2008 - Prospects of a formal end to one of Africa's longest and most brutal conflicts suffered a setback last week as the expected signing of a peace agreement between the Govt. of Uganda and the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) did not take place.

LRA leader, Joseph Kony, failed to attend an April 10th signing ceremony on the Sudan-Congo border, claiming not to have fully understood elements of the draft peace agreement.

The 21-year conflict propagated by Kony has cost the lives of tens thousands of civilians, and forced an estimated 2 million others into squalid …

02 Jan 2008 description
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When Ugandan President, Yoweri K. Museveni, declared a state of emergency in September, he was appealing for assistance for the worst flooding in living memory.

Flood waters had caused havoc across huge stretches of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa and the east of Uganda was severely affected, especially the districts of Soroti, Katakwi, Amuria and Bukedea.

At the time, Trócaire initiated a three-month emergency response through Socadido, the humanitarian arm of the Soroti Diocese.

04 Oct 2007 description
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Some of the worst flooding in living memory has struck across vast parts of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa in recent weeks. Extremely heavy rainfall since July has led to flooding across much of eastern and northern Uganda, affecting approximately 50,000 households, or 300,000 people, For the first time in the history of Uganda, President Yoweri Museveni declared a state of emergency on the 23 of Sept 2007.

The devastating floods, caused by unusually heavy rains, have killed more than 30 people and cut off 25 districts in the affected areas from the rest of the country.

25 Sep 2007 description
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The Minister of State for Overseas Development, Michael Kitt TD, today approved up to one million euro in emergency relief funding to help flood victims in Ghana and Uganda. Ghana and Uganda are two of the countries worst affected by the recent floods in Africa.

08 May 2006 description
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The Horn of Africa is currently in the grip of a crisis threatening the lives of millions of people across the region. The seven countries in the Horn - Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda and Sudan - have a combined population of 160 million people, almost half of whom live in areas which suffer from chronic food shortages.

03 Mar 2006 description
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Trócaire has repeated its call for urgent intervention by the international community as the food crisis in the Horn of Africa becomes even more alarming, with an estimated 11 million people in the region now in need of food aid.

The Horn of Africa comprises a number of countries on the east coast including Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, Ethiopia and Tanzania. Failed rains in the region have resulted in a severe drought with Kenya and Somalia being the worst affected at present.