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Life in the Thar Desert: A photo story

Clare Ahern | 26 May 2017 | 1 Comment

Prolonged drought is having a devastating impact for people living in Pakistan's Thar Desert. With support from ECHO, the European Commission's humanitarian aid department, we're working with partners to build resilience amongst the region's most vulnerable communities. 

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Topics: malnutrition, Pakistan, drought, Desert

Reasons to support the kitchen garden project

Maedhbh McDonald | 09 May 2017 | 0 Comments

Burundi, one of the world’s poorest and most underdeveloped countries, is faced with crippling levels of hunger and malnutrition. Kitchen gardens, however, are helping to improve nutrition and your support is allowing us reach more people than ever.

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Topics: nutrition, Burundi, malnutrition, Kitchen gardens

Struggling for survival in the swamps of South Sudan

Clare Ahern | 24 March 2017 | 0 Comments

The people of Leer County are amongst those worst affected by South Sudan’s food crisis. Conflict has forced many to flee their homes. People are surviving on whatever they can forage from the swamps where they have sought refuge. Their county is one of two in which famine has been declared.

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Topics: famine, south sudan, conflict, malnutrition, food crisis

Famine sweeps two regions in South Sudan

Maedhbh McDonald | 02 March 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

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

What is stunting?

Kristin Myers | 09 January 2017 | 0 Comments

Significantly stunted growth and development, caused by chronic undernutrition, threatens almost a quarter of children around the world. We’re exploring the condition and its impacts on children’s lives and futures as healthy, productive human beings.

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Topics: hunger, malnutrition, Stunting

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

Surviving against the odds: being a mother in Niger

Maedhbh McDonald | 24 November 2016 | 0 Comments

Being a mother is tough, but being a mother in Niger is unimaginably tough. Faced with daily dilemmas of how to source clean water, where your next meal will come from and if you can afford to send your child to school, motherhood can become one cripplingly difficult decision after the next. 

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Topics: malnutrition, Niger

Instability in Burundi driving hunger

Maedhbh McDonald | 04 November 2016 | 1 Comment

Burundi, one of the world’s poorest nations, has endured a myriad of challenges in recent years. Struggling to emerge from a fifteen year civil war, the landlocked country has experienced high levels of inflation, displacement and food insecurity. And unfortunately, extreme weather conditions in recent times have compounded the challenges facing this central African country.

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Topics: hunger, Burundi, malnutrition

The daily battle with hunger in Niger

Maedhbh McDonald | 28 September 2016 | 0 Comments

Living in a country that wastes over one million tonnes of food each year, it’s difficult to conceive of a situation where you could go hungry. And with food so readily available it’s hard to imagine not being able to find food when you need it. But as difficult as it is to conceive, hunger exists and it’s a daily reality for almost 795 million people. Currently one in nine people around the world are continuously hungry and on a recent trip to Niger I witnessed the real extent of hunger and its cruel consequences.

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Topics: health, nutrition, malnutrition, Niger

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