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June 2019 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.

5 ways Trump endangers people and the planet

As Donald Trump visits Ireland, we look at how his administration has targeted the most vulnerable.

As Trump arrives in Ireland, we hope our leaders use whatever influence they have to urge the US to move away from policies that divide people, undermine peace and threaten the sustainability of our planet. 

Trump has undermined international action on Climate Change, cut aid to Palestinian refugees, supported Saudi Arabia in Yemen's war, and contravened international law on refugees. He has pulled out of international agreements, and his 'America First' approach threatens global peace and security and the very basis of international cooperation.

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President Higgins visits award-winning Bloom garden

We were delighted to welcome President Michael D Higgins to our award-winning garden at Bloom 2019. 

Our garden at this year's festival highlighted our work in support of land rights in developing countries. Split into two areas, Trócaire’s ‘Stolen Land’ garden illustrated historical similarities between 19th-centruy Ireland and modern-day Guatemala. 

The garden highlighted how land is stolen from vulnerable communities in countries such as Guatemala where indigenous peasant farmers and their families are violently evicted from their ancestral homelands by big businesses and large multi-national corporations.

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Students create games about changing the world

Winners of the 2019 Trócaire Game Changers competition included board games, card games and video games

Trócaire Game Changers is a competition for young people who want to change the world and believe games are a way to do this. On this first year of Game Changers, over 80 games were entered into the competition from Primary and Post-Primary schools, and Youth groups.

22 games made it through to the final, and the Trócaire judges were blown away by the quality and creativity of the games that made it in to the final. The final prize winners on the day were chosen by the other finalists themselves. Every group got to play all the other games and then voted on their favourites.

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Take action to protect Honduran Human Rights Defender

Rosalina Dominguez is receiving threats for defending her land & human rights

Earlier this month, an armed group threatened Rosalina, her four sons and her neighbours. A few days later, a vehicle she was travelling in was stopped and damaged.  

Since 2013, her community has opposed the construction of a hydroelectric dam which was being built without their consent. Their peaceful resistance has resulted in years of threats, intimidation, even murder.  

Take action to help protect Rosalina

More news from around the world:

Climate : Students hold protest over climate change [RTÉ, 25th May]

Palestine : Deirdre O'Kane's video diary from Palestine & Israel [Trócaire, May 21st]

DR Congo : Responding to the Ebola crisis [Trócaire, 22nd May]

Myanmar : UN urges worldwide withdrawal of support for Myanmar military [The Guardian, 14th May]

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