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Children in Borana Ethiopia where a Trócaire drought-resilience initiative has improved access to water. Photo: Barnaby Skinner.

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Twenty Incredible Images from 2020

From the Beirut explosion, to drought in Zimbabwe, to Covid impacting communities across the world - these are our most striking photographs from what has been a really exceptional year.

We would like to thank all our supporters for your amazing support in what has been a challenging and turbulent year for everyone. Below are twenty of our favourite images of the year showing what your support is achieving around the world.

Christmas Appeal: Deirdre O’Kane, the comedian and actor highlights Trócaire's Christmas Appeal to support people facing hunger over the coming months.  Over 270 million people around the world are facing into a Christmas of hunger due to the joint effects of drought and Covid-19 restrictions, Trócaire has warned. Photo: Mark Stedman. Christmas Appeal: Deirdre O’Kane, the comedian and actor highlights Trócaire's Christmas Appeal to support people facing hunger over the coming months. Over 270 million people around the world are facing into a Christmas of hunger due to the joint effects of drought and Covid-19 restrictions, Trócaire has warned. Photo: Mark Stedman.
Lebanon Explosion: A Caritas employee stands in front of a house that has been reduced to rubble. Trócaire is supporting Caritas Lebanon to respond to the emergency needs of people affected by the devastating explosion in Beirut.  Photo:Stefanie Glinski. Lebanon Explosion: A Caritas employee stands in front of a house that has been reduced to rubble. Trócaire is supporting Caritas Lebanon to respond to the emergency needs of people affected by the devastating explosion in Beirut. Photo:Stefanie Glinski.
Preventing COVID-19 in Guatemala: Food and hygiene supplies distribution in Guatemala. María Teresa Osorio from Trócaire partner ADIVIMA provides food and hygiene supplies to Natividad Xitumul, survivor of the Chixoy massacre in Guatemala. Photo:Catarina Morente Díaz/ ADIVIMA. Preventing COVID-19 in Guatemala: Food and hygiene supplies distribution in Guatemala. María Teresa Osorio from Trócaire partner ADIVIMA provides food and hygiene supplies to Natividad Xitumul, survivor of the Chixoy massacre in Guatemala. Photo:Catarina Morente Díaz/ ADIVIMA.
Preventing COVID-19 in Somalia: Checking temperatures for fever symptoms to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Habiba Mohamed, one of Trócaire’s health workers, checks the temperature of Mohamed Abdi Ali at Luuq hospital, in the Gedo region of Somalia. Photo:Trócaire. Preventing COVID-19 in Somalia: Checking temperatures for fever symptoms to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Habiba Mohamed, one of Trócaire’s health workers, checks the temperature of Mohamed Abdi Ali at Luuq hospital, in the Gedo region of Somalia. Photo:Trócaire.
Preventing COVID-19 in Myanmar: Hkawng Nyoi (42) and her family receive soap and information materials about preventing the spread of Covid from Trócaire’s local partner organisation Htoi, a local women’s rights organisation in Myanmar. Photo:Yawng Htang. Preventing COVID-19 in Myanmar: Hkawng Nyoi (42) and her family receive soap and information materials about preventing the spread of Covid from Trócaire’s local partner organisation Htoi, a local women’s rights organisation in Myanmar. Photo:Yawng Htang.
Christmas Appeal: Five-year-old Emily Lockett helping Trocaire share their message  with 270 bowls representing the 270 million people facing food shortages this Christmas.Covid-19 and drought have combined to make the ‘perfect storm’ as it launched it's Christmas Appeal in Maynooth. Photo: Mark Stedman. Christmas Appeal: Five-year-old Emily Lockett helping Trocaire share their message with 270 bowls representing the 270 million people facing food shortages this Christmas.Covid-19 and drought have combined to make the ‘perfect storm’ as it launched it's Christmas Appeal in Maynooth. Photo: Mark Stedman.
Human Rights Defenders Under Threat: Honduran human rights defender Maria Felicita Lopez (31). Maria has been targeted for abuse for protesting against a hyrdroelectric dam which encroaches on her indigenous people's land. Her eight year old son was shot at three times. 'You risk your life by challenging economic power here,” she explains. “It’s difficult, but we must do it. Photo: Simon Burch. Human Rights Defenders Under Threat: Honduran human rights defender Maria Felicita Lopez (31). Maria has been targeted for abuse for protesting against a hyrdroelectric dam which encroaches on her indigenous people's land. Her eight year old son was shot at three times. 'You risk your life by challenging economic power here,” she explains. “It’s difficult, but we must do it. Photo: Simon Burch.
Bertita Zuniga Caceres, daughter of environmental activist Berta Caceras murdered in 2016, is pictured at a mural of her mother by artist Emmalene Blake at the launch of Trocaire's Lenten campaign. Bertita is leader of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organisations of Honduras and is supported by Trocaire. Photo: Mark Stedman. Bertita Zuniga Caceres, daughter of environmental activist Berta Caceras murdered in 2016, is pictured at a mural of her mother by artist Emmalene Blake at the launch of Trocaire's Lenten campaign. Bertita is leader of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organisations of Honduras and is supported by Trocaire. Photo: Mark Stedman.
The Twin Pandemic: Angelina Mhlanga  is a 66 year old widow living with her three granddaughters. Drought has caused her family to go hungry.  This year’s harvest only produced half of what the country needs. Over 5 million people, one in every three people in Zimbabwe are going hungry. COVID restrictions have made life harder. She says: “the lockdown made hunger worse for us farmers.” Photo: Ben Mahaka. The Twin Pandemic: Angelina Mhlanga is a 66 year old widow living with her three granddaughters. Drought has caused her family to go hungry. This year’s harvest only produced half of what the country needs. Over 5 million people, one in every three people in Zimbabwe are going hungry. COVID restrictions have made life harder. She says: “the lockdown made hunger worse for us farmers.” Photo: Ben Mahaka.
Supporting survivors of sexual violence in the Congo DRC: Lidy Kaswera (50) speaks out against sexual violence in her community in Bahaha village, Ituri province, East DR Congo. Lidy is a member of a protection committee in the village to support survivors of violence and seek justice. Photo: Garry Walsh / Trócaire Supporting survivors of sexual violence in the Congo DRC: Lidy Kaswera (50) speaks out against sexual violence in her community in Bahaha village, Ituri province, East DR Congo. Lidy is a member of a protection committee in the village to support survivors of violence and seek justice. Photo: Garry Walsh / Trócaire
Emergency aid to people affected by conflict in Congo DRC: Trócaire distributing emergency supplies at Rwampara Health Zone in Ituri province of Eastern DRC in July. The supplies include thousands of fleece blankets, hygiene kits, mosquito nets and solar LED lamps, as well as family-sized tents and tarpaulins. Thanks to Irish Aid support to Trócaire, these emergency relief supplies are reaching thousands displaced by the recent fighting in the DRC. Photo: Trócaire. Emergency aid to people affected by conflict in Congo DRC: Trócaire distributing emergency supplies at Rwampara Health Zone in Ituri province of Eastern DRC in July. The supplies include thousands of fleece blankets, hygiene kits, mosquito nets and solar LED lamps, as well as family-sized tents and tarpaulins. Thanks to Irish Aid support to Trócaire, these emergency relief supplies are reaching thousands displaced by the recent fighting in the DRC. Photo: Trócaire.
Supporting small business and farmers in Kenya: Savings and loans women's group. L-R Pauline Ciaita (59), Lucyline Lmbura (37) chairperson of the group with her two year old son Gideon and Madris Nginya (45) with their group savings lock box. They all received training in setting up and running the group by a Trócaire supported project. Photo: Gary Moore. Supporting small business and farmers in Kenya: Savings and loans women's group. L-R Pauline Ciaita (59), Lucyline Lmbura (37) chairperson of the group with her two year old son Gideon and Madris Nginya (45) with their group savings lock box. They all received training in setting up and running the group by a Trócaire supported project. Photo: Gary Moore.
Gifts of Love: Jess and Finn help to launch Trócaire's Christmas 2020 Gifts of Love campaign in Co Kildare. Trócaire has added a new gift this year - a quarantine care kit to help families in 17 countries during the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: Mark Stedman. Gifts of Love: Jess and Finn help to launch Trócaire's Christmas 2020 Gifts of Love campaign in Co Kildare. Trócaire has added a new gift this year - a quarantine care kit to help families in 17 countries during the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: Mark Stedman.
Mado Apula (14) from the Mbuti village of Bahaha, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, washes her hands to prevent the spread of ebola. Photo : Garry Walsh/Trócaire. Mado Apula (14) from the Mbuti village of Bahaha, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, washes her hands to prevent the spread of ebola. Photo : Garry Walsh/Trócaire.
Regina Koroma with daughter Zainab. Regina contracted COVID-19 and was helped by Trócaire partner Action for Advocacy and Development-Sierra Leone who delivered rice, cooking oil, onions and other staple foods to the family compound two weeks into their isolation. Photo: Stephen Douglas. Regina Koroma with daughter Zainab. Regina contracted COVID-19 and was helped by Trócaire partner Action for Advocacy and Development-Sierra Leone who delivered rice, cooking oil, onions and other staple foods to the family compound two weeks into their isolation. Photo: Stephen Douglas.
A water filter, provided to Mallicha Wario and her family by Trócaire will provide enough clean water for the family of 9 daughters for the next 20 years. Photo: Barnaby Skinner. A water filter, provided to Mallicha Wario and her family by Trócaire will provide enough clean water for the family of 9 daughters for the next 20 years. Photo: Barnaby Skinner.
Ebola outbreak halted in DR Congo : Health workers at Mambasa hospital in DR Congo who administer the ebola vaccine. Photo:Garry Walsh/Trócaire. Ebola outbreak halted in DR Congo : Health workers at Mambasa hospital in DR Congo who administer the ebola vaccine. Photo:Garry Walsh/Trócaire.
Beeking in Kenya : Flora Wanjeru one of the Beekeepers at the Kyenire Demo Farm, a Trócaire funded project teaching agro-ecological farming practices. Photo: Gary Moore. Beeking in Kenya : Flora Wanjeru one of the Beekeepers at the Kyenire Demo Farm, a Trócaire funded project teaching agro-ecological farming practices. Photo: Gary Moore.
A budding entrepreneur in Ethiopia : Eleam Diida, 40, stands in her village shop in Combisa, a small village hub in Borana, southern Ethiopia. The shop is the product of her adult literacy classes made possible through a Trócaire drought resilience programme across the region. Photo: Barnaby Skinner. A budding entrepreneur in Ethiopia : Eleam Diida, 40, stands in her village shop in Combisa, a small village hub in Borana, southern Ethiopia. The shop is the product of her adult literacy classes made possible through a Trócaire drought resilience programme across the region. Photo: Barnaby Skinner.
Under threat from big business in Honduras : Angela Murillo Bardales with her son Joscan, 5 and daughter Helen. Angela is a member of the Tolupanes people, one of Honduras’ most marginalised indigenous communities. For years they have had to fight to remain on their ancestral land in the face of illegal logging and mining operations.  Photo: Simon Burch. Under threat from big business in Honduras : Angela Murillo Bardales with her son Joscan, 5 and daughter Helen. Angela is a member of the Tolupanes people, one of Honduras’ most marginalised indigenous communities. For years they have had to fight to remain on their ancestral land in the face of illegal logging and mining operations. Photo: Simon Burch.

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