An “absolute scandal” that 1,800 people die of hunger every day, says the CEO of Tróciare


The CEO of Trócaire has said it is an “absolute scandal” that people are still dying of hunger in the 21st century.

The Irish charity, which helped nearly two million people last year, said it faces incredible challenges in the 24 countries it has helped, including escalations of gender-based violence.

Trocaire received 73.1 million euros in funding, Donations and grants slightly below the previous year’s figure of €73.3 million.

CEO Caoimhe de Barra said that over the past year, several challenges with climate change and Covid-19 have had a major impact on the aid organization’s countries incorporated.

“Not only were healthcare systems still overwhelmed, but the secondary impact of Covid-19 has been devastating, with lockdowns, travel restrictions and school closures costing millions of people their livelihoods.

“Children, especially girls, have lost education and gender-based violence has escalated,” she said.

“Twenty-three million people in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia are starving – more than four and a half times the population of Ireland. An estimated 1,800 people die of hunger every day.

That anyone should die of starvation anywhere in the 21st century is an absolute scandal l.

“The crisis continues to escalate, driven by climate change and conflict, and the situation is exacerbated by the disruption to the global economy and food systems resulting from the conflict in Ukraine.”

Ms de Barra said other challenges over the past year include the coup in Myanmar and the conflict in Ethiopia.

Both happened suddenly and resulted in “devastating human impact” with ongoing insecurity in eastern DRC.

“In this context, Trócaire has further developed its ability to be agile and resilient and has found ways to ensure that we can meet the needs of people affected by crises to the best of our ability,” Ms. de Barra said.

“Despite these challenges, we are proud to have reached 1.8 million people in 24 countries in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia in the last year.

“This would not have been possible without the support and solidarity of our donors and in particular the people of Ireland who have once again shown their generosity and shared purpose for a just and equal world.”

The people Trócaire is helping include nearly 100,000 people fighting for human rights and access to justice in Central America, Zimbabwe and Palestine, and 313,000 dealing with climate change and environmental justice issues.

Another 238,970 women and girls were supported with empowerment programs in 14 countries. An “absolute scandal” that 1,800 people die of hunger every day, says the CEO of Tróciare

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