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Breaking the Cycle of Conflict: What Can Humanitarian and Development Actors Do?

Caitriona Dowd | 03 September 2018 | 0 Comments

Conflict is on the rise globally, and is the single biggest driver of humanitarian needs today. Continuing our 'thought leadership' series, Caitriona Dowd, Concern’s Humanitarian Policy Advisor, explores the links between conflict and humanitarian crisis, and the urgent imperative to build peace.

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Topics: conflict, south sudan, Central African Republic, syria, somalia, hunger

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

“I’m thankful for every instant” - a good news story from Somalia

Ifrah Abdi Hussein | 08 May 2018 | 2 Comments

With help from the European Commission's Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO), Concern's team in Somalia constructed 15 latrine blocks and a water kiosk with six taps in a camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

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Topics: somalia, hygiene, sanitation, water

How a rapid response helped to avert famine in Somalia this year

Alexander Carnwath | 22 December 2017 | 1 Comment

In our ‘thought leadership’ series, Concern's Humanitarian and Resilience Senior Policy Officer, Alexander Carnwath, and Resilience Programme Manager in Somalia, Dustin Caniglia examine the effectiveness of early warning systems and rapid response in helping to avert famine in Somalia this year and their continued importance in 2018.

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Topics: thought leadership series, somalia, famine, food crisis, drought

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

East Africa's hunger crisis explained

Concern Worldwide | 06 April 2017 | 1 Comment

Ten facts you should know about this growing humanitarian crisis.

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

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, somaliland, food crisis, drought

Hunger crisis sweeps across east Africa

Aoife O'Grady | 14 March 2017 | 0 Comments

A total of 20 million people in east Africa are now at risk of starvation. Famine has been declared in South Sudan and is increasingly likely in Somalia; both Kenya and Ethiopia are experiencing severe food shortages. Concern teams are on the ground in all four countries delivering critical emergency support.    

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Topics: south sudan, somalia, ethiopia, Kenya

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

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: somalia, drought, climate change

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