Letters to the Editor ‘Concern thanks people of Newry for helping world’s poorest’

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Friday, January 12th, 2018
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Dear Editor,

On behalf of Concern Worldwide, I would like to thank the people of Newry and local volunteers for your kind support last year in helping some of the most vulnerable people living in the world’s toughest places.



Thanks to your commitment, children like five-year-old Yasmiin Hassan from Somalia are alive and well today.

Yasmiin was one of 800,000 children severely malnourished because of the desperate food crisis that ravaged East Africa last year. When she and her mum arrived at Concern’s emergency nutrition clinic in Mogadishu, Yasmiin was hungry and emaciated and weighed just over 12 kilos.

Concern responded immediately to the emergency in Somalia, Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia and, as a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), launched our East Africa Crisis Appeal. Thanks to donations like yours, Yasmiin was given specialist treatment and has made a full recovery.

Your support has also enabled Concern to respond to the refugee crisis in Bangladesh where more than 600,000 Rohingya people, mainly women and children, have fled violence in neighbouring Myanmar.



We have worked in Bangladesh for many years and your support meant that we were able to provide 48,000 displaced people with emergency food rations, and are now building four nutrition centres to treat children who are malnourished.

For many people faced with the challenges of political instability, conflict and the effects of climate change, life can be a constant struggle. That is why we launched our Food in a Fragile World appeal last autumn to help people in difficult places like Burundi, East Africa to provide for their families in the long term.

Your donations, which were doubled by the UK government, mean that Concern is now able to establish a new health and nutrition project in that country, which will focus on reducing the number of children who are malnourished and help communities withstand future food crises.



With UK aid and your kind support, we were able to reach some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world this year. Together, we have helped save lives, reduce poverty and work towards building a better world for everyone.

Thank you.

Peter Anderson – NI Director of Concern Worldwide

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