Trόcaire supported 1.58 million people in 23 countries in 2022/23, according to its Annual Report published today.
Caoimhe de Barra, Trόcaire CEO, said the past year was dominated by hunger in the Horn of Africa, the Russian invasion of Ukraine and a global cost-of-living crisis that is threatening to plunge an additional 71 million people into poverty.
“In the Horn of Africa, years of recurrent droughts fuelled by climate change, has caused extreme, life-threatening hunger for more than 20 million people,” Caoimhe de Barra said.
“At a health centre run by Trócaire in Gedo, Somalia, I spoke with a mother who had just arrived with a critically ill baby. The infant girl was given the very best of care by our health team. But she died within two days. I will never forget that mother’s grief.”
“Unfortunately, this is just one tragic story of many in the past year from Somalia and the Horn of Africa.”
In 2022/23, Trócaire’s work included supporting:
More than 1 million people in humanitarian crises around the world
88,646 people to get access to justice
278,082 people to access climate and environmental programmes
232,139 people through women’s empowerment programmes
Ms de Barra said that other challenges such as the earthquake in Syria and Turkey, and Cyclone Freddy in Malawi happened suddenly and with devastating human impact.
“Despite all of the challenges presented in 2022/2023, Trócaire – with the support of donors such as Irish Aid and with the extraordinary generosity of the public in Ireland – worked with local partners to help change the lives of 1.58 million people in 23 countries. This is something we can all be proud of,” Ms de Barra said.