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Trócaire Newsletter July 2017

New Palestine film from John McColgan and Trócaire

this is palestine'This Is Palestine' release marks 50th anniversary of military occupation of West Bank

Last month, Trócaire launched a new documentary, 'This Is Palestine' with special screenings at the Irish Film Institute and for the Oireachtas Friends of Palestine group at Leinster House.

The film follows Riverdance founder and Trócaire ambassador, John McColgan, on a journey through Gaza and the West Bank. 

It features powerful interviews with people who have lost their homes, land or family members as a result of the ongoing conflict, as well as inspiring footage of the Israeli and Palestinian activists working together for a just peace.

The Leinster House screening was attended by a number of TDs and Senators and began with an address by Senator Frances Black (Independent), Chair of the Friends of Palestine group. 

The documentary has also enjoyed great success online, and has been viewed nearly 300,000 times at time of writing.

Watch 'This is Palestine'


Report from frontline of drought crisis in Ethiopia

agudo gelgeloLivelihoods in southern Ethiopia are being devastated by unprecedented, ongoing drought.

Samson Haileyesus from CST Together (joint office of Catholic agencies CAFOD, SCIAF and Trócaire), reports from Borana in the Oromia Region of southern Ethiopia where the people are now in the midst of their third consecutive drought. 

He met with elders and other members of two communities, who have lost half their livestock and face an uncertain future.

"We are now a village of only children, women and the elderly" according to a leader of the Dembi Peasants' Association, as many men and boys have taken their remaining animals 200 kilometres into Kenya in search of grazing pasture away from drought affected areas. 

Trócaire, as part of CST Together, has been supporting the farmers of Borana with veterinary care to help keep their animals healthy.

Read full Ethiopia report


Limerick man leading major aid effort in Kenya

Tony Woods from Diocese of Lodwar, KenyaTony Woods is the Chancellor of the Diocese of Lodwar in northern Kenya

Originally from Doon in County Limerick, Tony Woods has lived and worked in Kenya for 50 years. 

As Chancellor of the Diocese of Lodwar, he works with Trócaire to provide emergency assistance to people facing hunger due to drought in the north of the country. 

The Diocese of Lodwar is the main provider of support for people in the Turkana region (a county the same size of Ireland) in the absence of any significant government investment or infrastructure.

Read about Tony's work in Kenya

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