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Trócaire Newsletter October 2017

Somali students graduate vocational skills training

somalia tvet87 young people graduate in Belet Hawa, Gedo, Somalia.

This month Trócaire celebrated the graduation of the first students from a new vocational education programme in Gedo, Somalia - Amina Ahmed of Trócaire Somalia reports.

There are a large number of marginalised out-of-school and unemployed young people in the region who do not have access to formal educational opportunities, which, under the current circumstances in the country, are increasingly rare.

Participants took part in nine-month trainings in the areas of electrical installation, tailoring and beauty in a Trócaire-constructed education centre. 

Representatives from the local and national government showed their support at the graduation ceremony.

Read Amina's report

Delivering aid to South Sudan's refugees in DRC

biringi campSpecial report from Nelly Maonde, Humanitarian Programme Advisor.

Biringi is home to over 3,000 South Sudanese refugees who have fled conflict and hunger in their own country.

Nelly reports on activities in the camp, which focus on protecting its most vulnerable residents, providing support for those who have experienced sexual gender based violence (SGBV), and emergency livelihoods support.
 
Read Nelly's report

Burundians seeking refuge in Rwanda

Mahama refugee campReport from Mahama camp in Rwanda, home to 53,000 Burundian refugees.

Trócaire's Alan Whelan reports on life at Mahama camp, meeting a variety of people who call the vast, well-organised camp home, and are receiving support from Trócaire in the form of food aid and psychological support. 

He also gives contextual information on the political situation in Burundi and the number of refugees and displaced people seeking refuge and support across Africa and globally. 
 
Read Alan's report


In the news

Refugees: How Europe exported its refugee crisis to north Africa (Guardian, 30 October 2017) 

Kenya: Kenyatta wins 98pc of vote in election rerun (Irish Independent, 31 October 2017) 

Rwanda: Father finally reunited with daughter lost in chaos of Rwanda's 1994 genocide (Guardian, 31 October 2017) 

DR Congo: Kasai conflict: 'Millions face starvation without aid' (BBC News, 29 October 2017)