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Trócaire Newsletter June 2017

Conference looks at 25-year Somalia crisis

SomaliaTrócaire and other agencies have been giving aid to Somalia since 1992, so why is it again on the brink of famine?
Trócaire, NUI Galway and the Irish Research Council brought humanitarian workers, academic experts and the Irish/Somali community together ask that question at a conference earlier this month. 

Former Trócaire workers, Sally O'Neill and Rosemary Heenan, who developed and ran our programmes in Somalia, were at the conference to offer their personal insights.

Somalia has been neglected and abused at political and international level for decades. The conference highlighted what has been learned about Somalia over 25 years so that leaders and policy makers can stop re-creating past mistakes, and find new solutions.

Trócaire is currently responding to the dire hunger crisis in Somalia and neighbouring East African countries caused by prolonged drought and ongoing conflict.

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What does Trócaire do in Israel and Palestine?

israel palestine flagsResponding to recent questions and critical commentary about our work in Israel and Palestine.

This month Trócaire has been marking the 50th anniversary of the occupation of the West Bank, with a series of events including the release of a new documentary produced with Riverdance founder, John McColgan.

The conflict in Israel and Palestine is emotionally charged. We find that when we speak about the situation in the West Bank and Gaza we receive huge levels of support from people who recognise our desire for a just peace for all people in the region. We also receive critical commentary, much of it designed to spread untruths about the work of the organisation.

So, what is Trócaire doing in Israel and Palestine? Our position can be summed up in one sentence: we believe international law should be adhered to. 

We work with Palestinian and Israeli organisations that share our desire for a just peace. That peace must be based on international law. That means a renunciation of violence on all sides and a return to the internationally recognised borders.

Continue reading about Trócaire's work in the region

Giving young people a voice in Myanmar

myanmar photo exhibition'Let My Voice Be Heard' features photographs and video taken by young people living in displacement camps in Kachin State, Myanmar.

A new multimedia project organised by Trócaire Myanmar helps young people displaced by the conflict in Kachin to share their experiences.

The often extraordinary photo stories offer a unique insight into life in Laiza and within some of the camps. They cover a range of diverse areas from individual life stories to every day topics such as traditional cooking, livelihood activities, religious life and local fashion, as well as portraying the recent displacement of civilians to camps due to an escalation in fighting.

This project is part of the larger 'Durable Peace Programme' funded by the European Union.

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