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December 2018 Newsletter

Here's the latest monthly update from Trócaire. Our newsletter features news and views from Trócaire staff, volunteers and supporters around the world. Plus the latest social and political developments from the countries where we work.

Legendary GAA families support Trócaire’s Christmas Gifts campaign

There are 14 Trócaire gifts to choose from this year, such as chicks, beehives and solar lamps.

Two of Ireland's best-known GAA families gathered to launch Trócaire's Christmas ‘Gifts of Love’ range this week. Joe and Aaron Kernan joined Martin and Mark McHugh in urging people to support the campaign.

 “I’m delighted to help Trócaire launch their Christmas Gifts as the money raised goes towards a great cause,” said Mark. “When my family get together here at our club, there’s a real sense of community and support – these gifts allow people to support families who are less fortunate by providing basic but vital gifts like farm animals, tools and school supplies.”

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What I witnessed about Myanmar’s Kachin conflict

"It feels like a place where people are stuck"

One of the longest running conflicts in the world, Myanmar's Kachin conflict remains largely forgotten. Trócaire's Mary Coogan visited camps where over 100,000 people have fled fighting.

"For the families here, the prospect of returning to their land and their homes diminishes every day. Many of their villages have been destroyed. The land is littered with landmines or has been taken over. Even if they do have land to return to, they are fearful of the risk and danger of returning and the violence that could await them".

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Video : Trócaire CEO in the West Bank

Caoimhe de Barra calls on Ireland to end trade with Israeli settlements

In this short video, Trócaire CEO Caoimhe de Barra reports from her recent visit to Palestine. She visited illegal Israeli settlements, and here explains their impact on Palestinian communities.

She calls for Ireland to support Frances Black's 'Occupied Territories' bill which would end Ireland's trade with these illegal settlements.

In the news this month:

DRC : Why Ebola crisis in DRC is unlike anything before [Al Jazeera, Nov 27th]

South Sudan : money raised in Ireland helping those fleeing violence [Irish News, Dec 3rd]

Honduras : Seven men convicted of murdering Honduran environmentalist [The Guardian, Nov 30th]

Siera Leone : These women are 'tired of clapping and dancing for men' [, Nov 24th]

Palestine : Seanad passes Occupied Territories Bill despite government opposition [The Journal, Nov 28th]

Yemen : Aid groups in joint plea for US to cease support for Yemen war [Al Jazeera, Nov 28th]

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