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International community must “dig deep” to help South Sudan and Somalia

Feargal O'Connell | 24 February 2017 | 0 Comments

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.

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Topics: south sudan, somalia, food crisis

Famine sweeps two regions in South Sudan

Maedhbh McDonald | 21 February 2017 | 0 Comments

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.

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Topics: south sudan, malnutrition, food crisis

Concern World Champions: millennials prove they’re no snowflakes!

Aoife O'Grady | 16 February 2017 | 0 Comments

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!

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Topics: Events, Community fundraising, get involved, World Champions, Concern World Champions

Chef Jp McMahon urges support for kitchen gardens in Burundi

Maedhbh McDonald | 15 February 2017 | 0 Comments

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.

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Topics: Burundi, Kitchen gardens

Somalia: on the brink of famine?

Deborah Underdown | 09 February 2017 | 0 Comments

The Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Peter de Clercq, has warned that famine could soon become a reality in Somalia. In 2011 a famine resulted in the estimated loss of more than a quarter a million lives so why is the country once again on the brink of catastrophe? 

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Topics: climate change, somalia, drought

How to grow your own carrots

Maedhbh McDonald | 08 February 2017 | 0 Comments

We train communities in Burundi on how to grow their own vegetables using kitchen gardens. These luscious vegetables not only taste delicious but also help ensure a healthy, diverse diet and help reduce malnutrition. This spring, why not grow your own vegetables too? With this step-by-step guide on how to grow carrots, you’ll be a GIY whizz in no time!

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Topics: nutrition, Burundi, Kitchen gardens

Life in the Chars of Bangladesh

Aoife O'Grady | 07 February 2017 | 1 Comment

Char-islanders in north-west Bangladesh are working with Concern and partners to build sustainable livelihoods. Discover their stories.

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Topics: bangladesh

Kitchen gardens in Burundi

Zenon Ndikuriyo | 06 February 2017 | 0 Comments

My name is Zenon Ndikuriyo, I’m a Health and Nutrition Coordinator with Concern from the east African country of Burundi. Burundi is one of the world’s poorest countries and this year in particular, we’re facing real food security challenges.

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Topics: Burundi, Kitchen gardens

US refugee ban is about cynical politics not security

Dominic MacSorley | 03 February 2017 | 0 Comments

Concern CEO Dominic MacSorley reflects on impact of refugee ban imposed by Trump's administration, and the alarmingly similar approaches emerging in Europe and elsewhere.  

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Topics: syria, refugee, Syrian Crisis, Syrian Refugee Crisis

Bridging the gap: helping Syrian children in Turkey return to school

Sadhbh Goodhue | 02 February 2017 | 0 Comments

Hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugee children in Turkey are not enrolled in the formal education system. With the support of the European Union, we have opened six new informal education centres in south eastern Turkey to help out-of-school children catch up.  

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Topics: refugees, turkey, education, ECHO, Syrian Crisis

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