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Valerie Place: Parents of Irish nurse killed in Somalia reflect 25 years on

Jason Kennedy | 15 August 2018 | 0 Comments

On 22 February, 1993, young nurse Valerie Place was killed while working with Concern in Somalia. Now, 25 years after her death, her Dublin-based parents speak publicly for the first time about the tragic incident.

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Topics: famine, Africa, somalia, conflict, world humanitarian day, Ireland, Valerie Place, Dublin

'Kenya gives me hope' - Concern Debates' Champions reflect on trip to Kenya

Jason Kennedy | 26 July 2018 | 0 Comments

Concern Debates 2018 champions St Killian’s German School were invited on a once in a lifetime trip to Kenya to visit our programmes in action. Here they reflect on their busy week.

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Topics: education, Africa, health, Gender inequality in schools, tackling gender inequality in education, technology, concern debates, debates, debates final, Kenya, Science

How our support in South Sudan communities is reducing the impact of malnutrition

Michael Mulpeter | 13 July 2018 | 0 Comments

Ongoing conflict in South Sudan has had a domino effect on the nation's health. Here, David Traynor, Concern's Programme Quality Coordinator explains what is being done to remedy this, with support from the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations.

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Topics: women, south sudan, Africa, ECHO, health, conflict, malnutrition, hygiene

Female voices from Niger: 'Believe in women'

Marie Dounka | 13 July 2018 | 0 Comments

Marie Dounka's brother offered her support and advice, which gave her the courage and confidence to start her career. She tells her story in the third blog from ouFemale Voices from Niger series.

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Topics: women, water, nigeria, Africa, gender, gender equality, Gender inequality in schools, Niger, women's rights, work, Female voices

Female voices from Niger: 'The times are changing'

Amina Toudou | 12 July 2018 | 0 Comments

Amina Toudou wants to motivate other women to not limit themselves and dream big. She explains why in our final blog from our Female Voices from Niger series.

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Topics: aid worker, Africa, gender, gender equality, tackling gender inequality in education, Niger, women's rights, Female voices

Female voices from Niger: 'Anything a man can do, a woman can do'

Aida Kane | 11 July 2018 | 0 Comments

In our second blog from our Female Voices from Niger series, Concern Worldwide HR Officer in Niger Aida Kane explains how education pushed her to work and why she sees it as her contribution to society.

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Topics: education, women, aid worker, Africa, gender, gender equality, tackling gender inequality in education, Niger, women's rights, Female voices

Female voices from Niger: 'I am not fragile - I am a strong woman'

Mariama Mahamadou | 10 July 2018 | 0 Comments

Mariama Mahamadou is our Emergency Health and Nutrition Program Manager in Tahoua, Niger. In the first of our Female Voices from Niger series, She shares her journey so far. 

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Topics: women, Africa, gender equality, tackling gender inequality in education, Niger, women's rights, work, Female voices

Female voices from Niger: 'People asked why I chose a man's job'

Rakia Adamou | 09 July 2018 | 0 Comments

Rakia Adamou started working as a security guard with Concern almost two years ago. In the fourth blog from our Female Voices from Niger series, she tells us what makes her a fighter.

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Topics: women, Africa, gender, gender equality, Niger, women's rights, work, Female voices

Meet the Irish boy who skipped school aged 16 to join a major aid mission to Africa

Kevin Jenkinson | 09 April 2018 | 0 Comments

Young Karl Vekins was just 16 when he skipped school for the adventure of a lifetime on-board Ireland’s first major aid mission to a famine and war-torn region in Africa.

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Topics: famine, humanitarian, aid, nigeria, Africa, humanitarian crisis, Concern50, war

Want to see the real Africa? Eight Instagram accounts to follow

Maedhbh McDonald | 15 September 2016 | 0 Comments

With over 500 million users worldwide, Instagram is fast becoming the social network of choice. In Africa, contemporary photographers are using Instagram to share African stories through an African lens. These photographers are challenging perceptions and shining a light on what they believe to be the real Africa.

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Topics: Africa, Instagram

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