Over 20,000 people in Ethiopia will receive life-saving emergency aid after Irish Aid today delivered 118 tonnes of aid to Trócaire.
Our team in Ethiopia received the aid – valued at €500,000 – today and will immediately begin distributing it to over 20,000 people who have been displaced by violence in the Moyale region. The aid is mostly made-up of shelter, kitchen sets and hygiene kits.
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.
19 June 2018
Trócaire supporters are helping to bring hope to survivors of drought in Kenya, where we have provided emergency aid to over 27,000 people.
Kenyans have survived through two years of failed rains. It is the worst crisis the country has faced since 2011.
Thankfully, since mid-February 2018, the weather has started to improve. Some rains have arrived early to the drought affected regions of Kenya, bringing hope to people. This has improved access to water for both livestock and for human consumption.
In a village in Nyamagabe, Rwanda, the community have built a water pond that serves a communal garden now benefitting twenty five families.
While Rwanda benefits from two rainy seasons, because of its location in the equatorial region, climate change has had a big impact. Rainfall has become more erratic and the rainy seasons are shorter. Water harvesting schemes like these help maximise the use of the water that is available.
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.
As national and international NGOs operating in Kachin and northern Shan, Myanmar, we are deeply troubled by yet further escalation of armed conflict, including clashes directly impacting civilians throughout April and continuing into May, that has displaced and re-displaced thousands more civilians. Urgent action is required to save lives and meet widespread and growing humanitarian needs.
The war in Syria has created the largest displacement crisis in the world. Almost 12 million people have fled their homes since the war began seven years ago.
Over 6 million are displaced in Syria, with a further 5.5 million having fled the country.
Most of the refugees are living in neighbouring Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan.
Turkey hosts over 2.9 million Syrians. There are more than 1 million Syrians in Lebanon and 660,000 in Jordan.
Iraq has also seen a growing number of Syrians arriving, hosting more than 241,000, while 122,000 are in Egypt.
*This news release has been updated to reflect two additional signatories, bringing the final number to 47.
Des millions de personnes touchées par la crise humanitaire en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) sont exposées à une aggravation de la faim et à une augmentation des maladies et des décès en raison d’un manque crucial de financement de la réponse humanitaire, alerte une coalition réunissant 20 ONG internationales à l’occasion de la conférence des bailleurs se réunissant ce jour à Genève.
Millions of people caught up in a humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo risk rising levels of hunger, death and disease due to a lack of aid funding, a coalition of humanitarian organisations warned ahead of a conference in Geneva today.
The Ebola virus outbreak claimed 11,000 lives across West Africa in 2014-2016. In Sierra Leone alone, 3,956 people died and it is estimated that 12,000 children lost parents.
Rugiatu is nine and wants to be a teacher when she grows up. But her life has not been easy so-far. Rugiatu’s mother died during the Ebola crisis, which struck Sierra Leone 2014-2016.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trócaire has welcomed today’s Budget 2018 announcement to increase overseas Official Development Assistance (ODA). However, Ireland is still way off track to achieving its international commitment.
Trócaire welcomes today’s Budget 2018 announcement to increase ODA by €13m in spending.
Speaking recently at the launch of the Irish Aid annual report, Minister Simon Coveney highlighted the importance of having a clear roadmap to achieve Ireland’s long standing commitment to provide 0.7pc of GNI* by 2025.