Former President Mary Robinson is visiting various aid projects in East Africa.  See pictures of her visit to a Trócaire health clinic in Somalia.

Return to Somalia

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Mary Robinson today (July 19th) returned to Somalia for the first time since her historic visit in 1992 to visit a Trócaire health clinic, which is providing health care and food to thousands of people affected by the current food crisis. The former President of Ireland was visiting Somalia, where over 2.8 million people – one-third of the entire population of the country – is in need of emergency aid, as part of a three day visit to drought-affected east Africa. Mrs. Robinson was shown around the Dollow health clinic by Justin Kilcullen, Director of Trócaire, and Rosemary Heenan, Trócaire’s Regional Manager for east Africa.

Mary Robinson in a Trocaire Health Clinic in Dollow, Somalia, alongside Trocaire Director Justin KilcullenPictured above: Mary Robinson in a Trócaire Health Clinic in Dollow, Somalia, alongside Trocaire Director Justin Kilcullen.

The health clinic provides medical care and food for the local community of 7,500 people. However, recent months have seen an increase in population as people seek aid, resulting in well in excess of 10,000 people relying on the clinic’s services.

Justin Kilcullen stated –

“The situation in Somalia, and throughout east Africa, is deteriorating quickly,”

“Almost 50 per cent of children in certain areas of Somalia are malnourished. People are dying. There is an urgent need for immediate humanitarian aid to stop this developing into an absolute catastrophe.”

“Trócaire has been responding to the drought since last October but the failure of the rains earlier this year has acted as a tipping point, plunging the region into crisis. The international community must act now to save lives.”

National Church appeal for East Africa – 23/24 July

Click on link to donate to the East Africa fund on-line
or by phoning 1850 408 408 (RoI) or 0800 912 1200 (NI)

A National Church appeal is taking place on the weekend of 23rd and 24th July to assist Trocaire provide emergency relief in East Africa.

Trócaire is the official overseas development agency of the Catholic Church In Ireland.  It is a member of Caritas Internationalis.