‘In many cases the world has forgotten these children’ says Trócaire worker

By William O'Connor

This week the Irish overseas development agency Trócaire launched its Christmas Appeal with an urgent call from local Tallaght man Colin Skehan for people in county Dublin to support innocent families who are caught up in wars and conflicts around the world.

“Where Trócaire works, millions of people have known nothing but war and have lived through constant conflict since they were born,” according to Colin.

Colin Skehan Trocaire compressor

Tallaght’s Colin Skehan of Trocaire


“Trócaire is working to protect them and keep them safe. We are asking the public to support us and make sure these innocent people aren’t forgotten this Christmas.”

This Christmas marks the 50th anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s iconic War is Over ‘peace’ campaign.


Trócaire has reimagined the campaign with a 2019 ‘War Is Over Christmas appeal’ supporting families who are living in war zones around the world.

According to Colin, families fleeing conflict urgently need food, shelter and healthcare this Christmas in many of the countries where Trócaire works.

Millions of children around the world have known nothing but conflict in their lives.

“Their lives are on hold because they are living in war zones. It seems that in many cases the world has forgotten these children.

This Christmas we want them to know that we haven’t forgotten them,” he said.

“The figures are frightening” said Colin. “In Syria, Somalia and Gaza alone, where Trócaire works, an estimated 19 million people have known nothing but war – children have lived in conflict zones since they were born.”

After eight years of war 6.7 million people (approximately half of the entire Syrian population) have been forced to leave their country.

In Somalia there has been an ongoing conflict since 1991 and currently half of the population (6.2 million people) is experiencing severe food shortages with millions requiring life-saving assistance.

Meanwhile the Israeli- Palestinian conflict has resulted in close to 2 million people in Gaza (80 per cent of the population) relying on humanitarian assistance.

“Donating to Trócaire’s Christmas appeal will help people born into some of the longest-running conflicts in the world” said Colin.

“We are grateful and thankful for the support we receive from the people of Dublin each year. Their support directly impacts families and communities around the world and that is why it is so vital this Christmas.”

According to Trócaire, the agency will deliver food, shelter, medicine and protection to innocent people living in warzones around the world thanks to the donations it receives this Christmas.

More information is available from www.trocaire.org or by calling 1850 408 408.

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