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May 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.

Sally O'Neill honoured in memorial service

President Michael D. Higgins and former President Mary Robinson among over 400 attendees at memorial service for Sally O'Neill

Former Trócaire staff member Sally O’Neill was described as a “remarkable worker for justice” by President Michael D Higgins at a memorial mass in Maynooth on Friday 10th May. 

“She was the greatest gift that Ireland gave to the Latin world in contemporary times,” President Higgins said.

The Dungannon woman, who was a stalwart of Trocaire for 37 years, was tragically killed in a car crash in Guatemala last month. 

President Higgins was among the hundreds of colleagues, friends and family including former President Mary Robinson who gathered to celebrate the life of Sally O'Neill. 

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I met Digna, 8 years after she was on the Trócaire box.

Giulia Vuillermoz meets with Digna Amador in Honduras and provides an update on how her life is now. 

"Digna is a shy girl, but has a beautiful shining smile and bright eyes. Maybe you have never heard of this 13 year old girl from Honduras, but in 2011 her face was seen by millions of people in Ireland". 

"When Digna featured on the Trócaire box in 2011, the community was at risk of losing their land. Digna and her family faced violent threats and intimidation by army-backed corporate landlords keen to remove them from their farmland. Today, thanks to negotiation and to Trócaire´s advocacy work, the community is still living in the same area they were back in 2011".

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Rwanda, 25 years on

Incredible stories of reconciliation after the genocide

Immaculée lost all of her relatives. Vianney was a perpetrator in the genocide against the Tutsis. Together they are proof of just how valuable reconciliation programmes have been.

As part of the national move towards unity and reconciliation, Trócaire’s partner in Rwanda, the Commission for Justice and Peace, helps to bring together survivors and perpetrators of the genocide, to build lasting reconciliation between them.

Read their story


New Short Film : 'Evelyn's Land'

Many widows in Uganda, like Eveyln, are struggling for their Land rights

'He had been drinking at his sisters’ says Evelyn, ‘he came to our house. He pulled a matchstick from his pocket. His sister followed him saying, ‘why do you do this?’ He took some grass, lit it and set fire to our house.’

The short film ‘Evelyn’s land’ tells the story of how Evelyn lost her land and looks at the problem of land rights in the Acholi region of Uganda.

Second podcast episode of 'The World Etc.'

Colm O'Regan's global issues podcast looks at Guatemala and Syria

‘The World Etc.’ is a collaboration between comedian Colm O’Regan and Trócaire. Each month Colm speaks with experts about global issues.

The second episode features interviews with RTÉ broadcaster John Creedon following his recent visit to Guatemala, and with Syrian-Irish journalist Razan Ibraheem.

Listen here

More news from around the world:

Guatemala - Land rights defender finally walks free in Guatemala [Trócaire, 30th April]

Palestine & Israel - Deirdre O'Kane : "Give peace a chance? They've built a wall round Bethlehem" [The Independent, May 7]

Rwanda - Rwanda genocide survivor thanks local people for Trócaire support [Derry Journal, 29 April]

Mozambique - Cyclone Idai: 'My family needs to eat, I don't know how we will survive' [The Guaridan, 25th April] 

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