An emergency Church Appeal throughout Ireland will take place on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July 2017.

To assist in alleviating the appalling situation facing the people of East Africa, which has now reached a critical stage.

There are severe food shortages in South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia brought about by drought and conflict.  Over half the population of Somalia (6.2 million people) is experiencing food shortages and malnutrition. There have also been major outbreaks of cholera across the country.  South Sudan is on the brink of famine, with drought and conflict affecting millions. Millions of people in south-eastern Ethiopia and northern Kenya are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

I have no doubt that the parishioners of the Archdiocese of Dublin will support this appeal with compassion and generosity.  Can I ask you to please remember in your prayers the staff and partners of Trócaire on the frontline in East Africa, responding to this humanitarian crisis with dedication, courage and selflessness.