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Trócaire Newsletter May 2017

Eyewitness account from northern Kenya

David O'Hare in KenyaSpecial report from Trócaire's David O'Hare who recently returned from region devastated by drought.

Over 24 million people across parts of Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and South Sudan are now in need of emergency support to survive because of ongoing drought and chronic food shortages. 

And yet this situation is barely making the headlines. 

Trócaire's David O'Hare took a UTV news crew to northern Kenya earlier this month to try to highlight a humanitarian crisis the UN are calling the worst since the second world war. 

There, he witnessed the scale of the problem, as well as seeing some of the efforts of Trócaire and its partners to support the most vulnerable through food distribution and support for malnourished children under five.
Read David's report

Trócaire at Bloom 2017

Bloom logoCome say hello and learn more about Trócaire's work in some of the world's most challenging regions.

Trócaire will be at the Bloom garden festival this June Bank Holiday Weekend in the Phoenix Park Dublin, showcasing our work on land rights through a specially-designed garden. 

Members of the team will be on hand from Thursday 1st to Monday 5th to talk to visitors about what the garden represents and our work to protect the land and resource rights of vulnerable communities in Latin America and Africa.
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MEPs support Berta Cáceres petition

berta caceresMembers of the European Parliament have joined the call for justice for murdered indigenous rights activist Berta Cáceres.
Berta Cáceres was killed at her home on 3 March 2016 in Honduras, following repeated intimidation and death threats in relation to her work opposing a hydro-electrical project, which threatens the livelihoods of indigenous communities. 

She was one of the most prominent environmental defenders in Honduras and co-founder of COPINH, the confederation of indigenous organisations of Honduras. 

Because of her high profile, Berta's death prompted international outrage. 

The supportive MEPs are calling on the state of Honduras to bring those responsible for the murder to justice. With some further requesting the establishment of an independent commission of experts to oversee the case.
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In the news

Kenya: Full coverage of recent UTV visit to northern Kenya (UTV website, 15-19 May 2017) 

Uganda: Tensions rise as Uganda refugee policy is pushed to breaking point (Guardian/Observer, 21 May 2017) 

Divest: The global movement to divest from fossil fuels is unstoppable (Huffpost, 16 May 2017)