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.
14 March 2018
March 15th marks the 7th anniversary of the current conflict in Syria.
Origins of the conflict
This protracted conflict has killed more than 500,000 people and contributed to the largest refugee crisis in recent history. But lost beneath the shocking images of death and destruction is a clear understanding of the origins of this conflict.
We have received heart-breaking messages from people we work with in Damascus who are living in fear as bombs drop from the sky all around them.
Lubna Alkanawati, who runs Women Now, a centre to support women affected by the conflict, wrote:
Universal Periodic Review on Colombia: Briefing and Recommendations
Colombia will engage in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process in May 2018. The UPR is a state-driven human rights review process at the UN Human Rights Council. This mechanism is used to assess the human rights records of all UN Member States. During the UPR process, other UN Member States can make recommendations to the state under review. ABColombia has written a briefing with suggested recommendations that could be made to the Colombian government by the Republic of Ireland.
Along a small strip of land on Bangladesh’s south-east coast lie the Rohingya refugee camps.
Military check points prevent the Rohingya people from dispersing further across the country.
Despite the efforts of those working in the camps, conditions are appalling and likely to worsen still. Over 860,000 Rohingya live on rugged land covering 15km by 12km. Over 620,000 people have arrived since last August alone, overwhelming the already existing camps and those trying to help.