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Trócaire Newsletter August 2017

Mudslide hits Freetown, Sierra Leone

mudslide freetownAt least 500 people are known to have died, while many more are still unaccounted for.

On Monday, 14 August, a mudslide swept through hillside communities in Freetown, Sierra Leone. 

Trócaire is doing what it can to meet the immediate needs of the people worst affected by the mudslide. 

We have begun distributing 'dignity kits', which include basic hygiene products such as soap, towels, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hand sanitiser, sanitary towels, and underwear, as well as household items including a plastic bucket, kettle, torch and plastic plates and cups. 

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World Humanitarian Day

world humanitarian day#NotATarget: Civilian protection this year's theme

We marked World Humanitarian Day on 19 August this year, joining in the UN's campaign to support the rights of ordinary people who are increasingly caught up in conflicts that are not of their own making.

The UN has produced a suite of powerful materials to support the campaign, including video and a petition that will be submitted world leaders calling for greater protections for civilians in conflict zones.

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Bringing Gaza to Ireland

tania hary, gishaRepresentative of Israeli NGO Gisha in Ireland to highlight plight of Gazans

Tania Hary, an Israeli-US citizen and the executive director of Israeli human rights organisation Gisha (Legal Centre for Freedom of Movement), visited Ireland earlier this month. 

Gisha's goal is to protect the freedom of movement of Palestinians, particularly the residents of Gaza. 

Tania engaged in a series of talks around Ireland about the current situation in Gaza.

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In the news

Pope Francis: prioritise migrants' dignity over national security (Guardian, 21 August 2017) 

Kenya: Opposition files challenge over election result (Aljazeera, 19 August 2017) 

DR Congo: Landslide death toll climbs to 200 (Aljazeera, 19 August 2017) 

Uganda: Bonded by spilt blood, South Sudanese refugees in Uganda reach million mark (Guardian, 17 August 2017)