Trόcaire has thanked the people of Co Dublin for their donations which helped support 1.58 million people in 23 countries in the past year.
Caoimhe de Barra, Trόcaire CEO, said the past 12 monthsr was dominated by hunger in the Horn of Africa, the Russian invasion of Ukraine and a global cost-of-living crisis that is threatening to plunge an additional 71 million people into poverty.
“Years of recurrent droughts fuelled by climate change, has caused extreme, life-threatening hunger for more than 20 million people in the Horn of Africa,” de Barra said.
“At a health centre run by Trócaire in Gedo, Somalia, I spoke with a mother who had just arrived with a critically ill baby. The infant girl was given the very best of care by our health team. But she died within two days. I will never forget that mother’s grief.”
“Unfortunately, this is just one tragic story of many this year from Somalia and the Horn of Africa.”
De Barra said that other challenges such as the earthquake in Syria and Turkey, and Cyclone Freddy in Malawi happened suddenly and with devastating human impact.
“Despite all of the challenges presented in 2022/2023, Trócaire – with the support of donors such as Irish Aid and with the extraordinary generosity of the people of Co Dublin – worked with local partners to help change the lives of 1.58 million people in 23 countries. This is something we can all be proud of,” de Barra said.
In 2022/23, Trócaire’s work included supporting 1.1 million people in humanitarian crises around the world. Trócaire also helped 88,646 people to access to justice, 278,082 people to access climate and environmental justice, and 232,139 people were supported by women’s empowerment programmes.
Ms de Barra added that Trócaire also noted some great successes this year, including Ireland’s performance on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
“We can look back with pride on our contribution to global affairs on the UNSC. For a small state we exceeded expectations and were agile in responding to the unexpected. Ireland held the line where it mattered, putting its stamp on international relations.”
“It was also a historic year for the women of Sierra Leone with the passing of two ground-breaking gender equality acts. Women’s participation in local and national governments soared in June 2023 due to a new Gender Empowerment Women’s Equality Act 2022 which established a 30 percent quota for women’s participation in government for both appointed positions and elected positions.”
“For the first time, women were also guaranteed equal rights and access to land thank to the Customary Land Rights Act 2022. The passing of these Acts is a proud moment for Trócaire and our partners who advocated for these laws and empowered the women of Sierra Leone to know their rights.”
Ms. de Barra used the launch of the report to issue a dire warning on the climate catastrophe ahead of 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 28) in November.
“The climate emergency is a catastrophe for the communities in which Trócaire works. This year at COP28, global leaders must push for an agreement for the phasing out of all fossil fuels and establish a loss and damage fund.”
To read Trόcaire’s Annual Report and find out more about the agency’s work visit www.trocaire.org
Featured Image: Salamatu Osmatu Koroma, Mary Tarawalie, Alimatu H Kamara, Marion Fola Musu Kamara, Momunatu Fousad Kamara who are running for election in June 2023 in Western Area Rural, Sierra Leone.
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