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2013 in pictures

January 2013

Trócaire marked the anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti on 12 January, meeting some of the people who received support from our Irish donors.

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Young people at the Trócaire-funded Viva Rio project in the Bel Air area of Port au Prince, an area which suffers from high levels of gang violence. This project employs local youths to mentor younger children, providing role models and an outlet for physical activity. Photo: Eoghan Rice


February 2013

On 2 February, we celebrated our 40-year anniversary working for a just world.

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Highlights from Trócaire’s 40-year history.


March 2013

Our Lent 2013 highlighted our work to support forgotten communities in rural India to gain access to land and government services.

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The Parajas from Odisha, India, were our Lent 2013 focus family. Photo: Jeannie O’Brien

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St. Finian’s Community College, Swords organised a special non-uniform and breakfast celebration day to support Trócaire’s Lent campaign


April 2013

Our annual TrócaireLive event took place at the Grand Social in Dublin as a special thank you to our volunteers for their support over Lent 2013.

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TrócaireLive acts: RSAG, Madu, Justine Nantale, Discovery Gospel Choir, Dublin Afrobeat Ensemble and Gypsy Rebel Rabble. Photo:Marc O’Sullivan


May 2013

In Guatemala General Jose Efrain Rios Montt is found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity. Upon sentencing Judge Barrios echoed the voices of the victims when she said “For there to be peace in Guatemala, first there must be justice.” Read the full story of the Ríos Montt trial.

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Families of victims and survivors at the trial of Ríos Montt in May 2013. Photo: Elena Hermosa.


June 2013

Trócaire launched an emergency appeal for support for the escalating humanitarian crisis in Syria where over 9 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian aid, 6.5 million people have been forced to abandon their homes and a further 2.2 million are seeking shelter in neighbouring countries.

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Trócaire also launched its Food Not Fuel campaign against land grabbing and mistreating of Mayan communities in Guatemala with the support of actor Aidan Gillen.

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Aidan Gillen stands with members of the Rio Frio community in Guatemala’s Polochic Valley. The community was evicted off land in March 2011 and now live in emergency shelter built by Trócaire.  Photo: Jeannie O’Brien


July 2013

Trócaire led a special pilgrimage hike up Slieve Donard to help raise awareness of and vital funds for some of the world’s poorest communities.

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Supporter Patrick McBrearty scaled Slieve Donard on 28 July to fundraise for Trócaire. Photo: Patrick McBrearty


August 2013

An estimated 10,000 people marched from El Salvador del Mundo (the Saviour of the World) to the Legislative Assembly to demand the approval of the General Water Law. 

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Photos: Michael Solis


September & October 2013

Trócaire launched this year’s Trad for Trócaire campaign – with events up and down Ireland as well as overseas.

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Left: Joseph Mannion (9) from Dungarvan and Trad for Trócaire musicians from across Waterford greeted RTÉ presenter Kathryn Thomas and the RTÉ Big Music Week train in Waterford train station. 


November 2013

Typhoon Haiyan strikes in the Philippines killing over 5,600 people and displacing a further 4.1 million. Trócaire joins the emergency response through its Caritas partners in the region – distributing food, shelter, hygiene kits and cooking utensils. 

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Top left: A sign points to the affected village of La Paz, just south of Tacloban on Leyte island. Top right: People queue for medicines at a government distribution centre in Tacloban. Bottom: A destroyed house on the outskirts of Tacloban on Leyte island. This region was the worst affected by the typhoon, causing widespread damage and loss of life. Photos: Eoghan Rice, Trócaire/Caritas

December 2013

Trócaire launched the ‘Facing AIDS’ exhibition and e-action calling on the Irish Government to affirm its commitment to tackling HIV in its development plans.

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Bertha (45) and Pemphero (9), Malawi. Photo: Elena Hermosa


The world mourned the loss of one of its most inspirational leaders and rights activists, Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918 to 5 December 2013). Trócaire was very involved in the struggle against apartheid and of Mandela our executive director, Éamonn Meehan said: 

“Nelson Mandela taught us so many lessons about courage and consistency. He was an icon for humanity who personified the notion that good can triumph even against the greatest odds.”


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