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Kieran McConville

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Time is running out as drought causes devastation in Somaliland

Kieran McConville | 20 March 2017 | 0 Comments

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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Topics: somalia, food crisis, drought, somaliland

One family’s struggle to survive in South Sudan

Kieran McConville | 17 January 2017 | 0 Comments

In the context of continued conflict and a looming food crisis, mere survival is challenging for many in South Sudan. On a recent trip to the world’s newest nation, Concern’s Kieran McConville spoke to mother of four, Atuil Chok, about her struggle to feed her young family.

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Topics: south sudan, ECHO, malnutrition

Spiralling towards catastrophe in South Sudan

Kieran McConville | 06 January 2017 | 0 Comments

A serious humanitarian crisis is unfolding in the world’s youngest nation – beyond the glare of the international media spotlight. Concern is working to hold back the tide in a remote, forgotten region.

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Topics: refugees, south sudan, malnutrition, uganda

Liberia: A classroom in the fields

Kieran McConville | 21 March 2016 | 0 Comments

Kieran McConville reports from one of Liberia’s many farmer field schools yielding A+ results for local communities.

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Topics: farming techniques, liberia

Communities powering progress in Liberia

Kieran McConville | 29 January 2016 | 0 Comments

Kieran McConville discovers how strong commitment from village communities in Liberia is powering projects to improve their health, well-being and prosperity.  

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Topics: liberia, health, Livelihoods

When is a potato not a potato?

Kieran McConville | 25 December 2015 | 0 Comments

Like most of us in Ireland, Kieran McConville thought he knew a thing or two about potatoes. But during a recent trip to Malawi he discovered that he’d been tricked by a delicious, nutritious potato impostor.

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Topics: agriculture, malawi, Livelihoods

Sierra Leone: the long, hard road to Zero+42

Kieran McConville | 09 November 2015 | 0 Comments

Last Saturday, 7 November, marked 42 days since the last reported case of Ebola Virus Disease in Sierra Leone – twice the maximum incubation period. According to the World Health Organisation, this means that the outbreak has officially ended. Concern Worldwide’s Sheena McCann played a crucial, if unlikely, role in stopping the virus. I met her on a recent trip to the country.

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Topics: ebola, sierra leone

What happens to an Ebola clinic when epidemic moves on?

Kieran McConville | 21 October 2015 | 0 Comments

Kieran McConville visits a diamond town deep in the forests of Liberia to find how one Ebola treatment centre has undergone a dramatic change of purpose.

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Topics: ebola, liberia, health

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