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Aoife O'Grady

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The quiet crisis: Rohingya in Bangladesh

Aoife O'Grady | 12 December 2017 | 0 Comments

Between Brexit Border tensions and dangerously undiplomatic stateside tweeting, our media has been dominated by threatened political crises over the past months. Meanwhile, one very real human crisis has been silently slipping off the agenda – the plight of the Rohingya people in Bangladesh.

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Topics: bangladesh, rohingya refugees

Concern FAST: Irish public comes up trumps

Aoife O'Grady | 01 December 2017 | 0 Comments

Last Thursday, thousands of people up and down the country took on Concern FAST. They gave up different things – from food and coffee to tech and social media – but they shared one single goal: to raise as much money as possible for some of the world’s most vulnerable people. You can still help them achieve it!

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Topics: Concern FAST

Concern responding to Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh

Aoife O'Grady | 14 September 2017 | 0 Comments

Concern will step up its humanitarian efforts in Bangladesh to help support the wounded and homeless Rohingya people currently fleeing violence in Myanamar in their hundreds of thousands.

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Topics: bangladesh, Refugee Crisis

Concern Debates finalists: “The experience changed me”

Aoife O'Grady | 14 August 2017 | 0 Comments

In May 2017, Colm, James, Eoin and Johnny from St. Mary’s CBS in Carlow came second in one of Ireland’s biggest school debating competition, Concern Debates. Back then, it seemed like this was the end of a long journey of research and rhetoric. However, we caught up with them after an inspiring visit to Brussels and The Hague with Concern, and it seems that it might just be the beginning...

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Topics: concern debates, get involved

Your response to the east Africa crisis is saving lives

Aoife O'Grady | 31 July 2017 | 0 Comments

As a devastating crisis spreads through the region, Concern supporters are helping to save lives every day.

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Topics: south sudan, ethiopia, somalia, Kenya, east africa food crisis

Improving livelihoods with a community forest in Afghanistan

Aoife O'Grady | 11 July 2017 | 0 Comments

In the third of our series of blogs from Afghanistan, a Concern staff member reports on his visit to the remote village of Kozur in the north east of the country. Here, he met 60-year-old Hakim* who worked with Concern to develop thriving a community forest filled with almond, apricot, pistachio and mulberry trees.

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Topics: Livelihoods, afghanistan

Concern delivers emergency response following deadly landslides in Bangladesh

Aoife O'Grady | 14 June 2017 | 0 Comments

Concern is delivering an emergency response in Bangladesh following yesterday’s disastrous landslides that have so far killed 135 people and left thousands homeless.

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Topics: bangladesh, emergency response

Concern Summer Raffle: “Last year, I won the jackpot!”

Aoife O'Grady | 10 May 2017 | 0 Comments

Last September, Tony Kelly from Tuam, Co. Galway received a surprising phone call, and the voice on the other end had some very good news – Tony had won €4,000 in the Concern Summer Raffle. This year, it could be you!

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Topics: concern summer raffle, raffle

Meeting basic shelter needs in Lebanon

Aoife O'Grady | 26 April 2017 | 1 Comment

Imagine that a conflict has forced you and your family from your home and into a foreign country. What is the first thing you do? You try to find safe shelter. Concern and ECHO, the European Commission’s humanitarian aid department, are working together to ensure that Syrian families in Lebanon have a space where they can live in safety and with dignity.

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Topics: syria, lebanon, ECHO, Syrian Crisis

Voices from Lebanon: “Thank you for not giving up on my son”

Aoife O'Grady | 25 April 2017 | 0 Comments

Concern and ECHO, the European Commission’s humanitarian aid department, are working together to ensure that Syrian children like Kareem* have the opportunity to learn and develop to their full potential.

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Topics: lebanon, ECHO, Syrian Crisis

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