Trocaire says ‘thanks’

People in Co Leitrim have helped to save the lives of over 400,000 people in east Africa, Trocaire has announced on the anniversary of last year’s famine emergency appeal and national church collection.

People in Co Leitrim have helped to save the lives of over 400,000 people in east Africa, Trocaire has announced on the anniversary of last year’s famine emergency appeal and national church collection.

Irish people responded to drought and famine in east Africa by donating an incredible €10.4m to Trócaire’s emergency appeal. Half of that money was raised at church collections.

Trocaire Director Justin Kilcullen hailed the “extraordinary generosity” of Irish people and said the donations “had saved the lives of people threatened by hunger after experiencing the worst drought in 60 years”.

Drought and famine ravaged parts of Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia last summer, putting 13 million people at risk of hunger. Donations were used to bring urgent supplies of food, water, medical care and other vital aid to over 400,000 people across the three countries. Over 250,000 of those helped were in Somalia, where Trocaire has a presence going back 20 years.

Justin Kilcullen paid tribute to the response of Irish people to the drought and famine:“ The response of people in Ireland was truly incredible. The €10.4m donated to Trocaire equates roughly to €2 for every man, woman and child on this island, which is remarkable given the many problems facing people at home. Time and time again, Irish people have shown their desire to put their own problems to one side and help people in dire need elsewhere.