Scorched earth, scattered carcasses and struggling families. Concern’s Kieran McConville reports from the Gabiley region in Somaliland, where the worst drought in decades is devastating livestock and pushing families to the brink of starvation.
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A total of 20 million people in east Africa are now at risk of starvation. Famine has been declared in South Sudan and is increasingly likely in Somalia; both Kenya and Ethiopia are experiencing severe food shortages. Concern teams are on the ground in all four countries delivering critical emergency support.
“We were very scared,” remembers Sameh as she recounts the night her husband Jalal was killed. “I asked him to go see what was happening outside on the street.”
As the sixth anniversary of the devastating Syrian war approaches, we examine the impact of war on ordinary civilian lives.
In the first of a series of blogs, a Concern team member in Afghanistan documents his journey from Taloqan to Cha’Ab in north-east Afghanistan, where Concern is implementing programmes with remote and vulnerable communities.
Almost a month into the kitchen garden project Health and Nutrition Coordinator in Burundi, Zenon Ndikuriyo, describes how kitchen gardens – constructed with your support – are benefitting families in Burundi.
Famine has been formally declared in two regions of South Sudan – the first classification of its kind in six years. According to UNICEF and WFP, 100,000 people are facing starvation and a further one million people are on the brink of famine.
Just days after famine was declared in parts of South Sudan, the UN has also called for immediate action to prevent famine occurring in Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen. Concern's Regional Director for the Horn of Africa, Feargal O’Connell, urges the international community to respond.
World Champions, Concern’s new contest based on humanitarian-focused challenges, is proving a hit with the students of Ireland, however all ages are welcome, says Concern’s Jonathan Power. Get your team together and sign up before this Sunday’s registration deadline to join in the fun!
We catch up with Galway-based chef and restaurateur, Jp McMahon, to find out why he decided to get involved with the kitchen gardens project and why he believes growing vegetables is essential for strengthening communities in both Ireland and Burundi.