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Ishmael Beah: ‘Returning to Sierra Leone almost feels like looking for my voice again.’ Photograph: Sally Hayden

It’s been nearly three decades since Ishmael Beah was recruited as a child soldier during Sierra Leone’s long and brutal civil war, and 15 years since(...)

Customers shop at a store in Dullow, Somalia, where prices have risen significantly due to the war in Ukraine. Photograph: Sally Hayden

In a busy store in central Dullow, a border town in Jubaland, southwest Somalia, Farhan Ali Nur is faced by a customer who can’t believe the price of (...)

“You don’t need me to bring home to you the horror and darkness of these days … the graves of the innocent victims butchered in this ‘repugnant war,’said Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Dermot Farrell.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

We live “in the ‘hour’ of the oppressor, in a time when the ’power of darkness’ holds sway not only in Ukraine, but in many parts of our world,” Catho(...)

Halima Ismael Ibrahim, a single mother of 10  children, left home to search for aid during Somalia’s drought. Photograph:  Sally Hayden

As drought takes hold, the UN has warned that 350,000 children could die by summer. But there is reluctance from the international community to dec(...)

Even the Taoiseach’s detractors would feel sorry for him, with Martin appearing at the White House only as an image on a television screen. Photograph: Al Drago/Bloomberg

Napoleon famously exhorted, “Give me lucky generals.” With his stint as taoiseach well into its second half, one has to wonder has Micheál Martin com(...)

People in Ireland have donated more than €16 million to charities providing humanitarian aid to those displaced by the war in Ukraine. Photograph: iStock

People in Ireland have donated more than €16 million to charities providing humanitarian aid to those displaced by the war in Ukraine, as well as emer(...)

Irrigation under way on newly cleared land at Husingo, Tana River, Kenya.

In adapting to a merciless climate emergency, a large community in rural Kenya has radically changed its ways of life and food production in less than(...)

More than three billion people are living in countries highly vulnerable to climate change, the IPCC report stated. Photograph: Jason O’Brien/AAP Image via AP

The world is running out of time to secure a liveable planet for humans and nature, according to Stop Climate Chaos (SCC), the civil society coalition(...)

This year, Christmas is without sentimentality or great joy for an accumulating number of people across the world. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

In the opening lines of TS Eliot’s poem The Journey of the Magi, one of the three wise men recalls his visit many years earlier to the Christmas Crib (...)

Cerrejón mine in Colombia has provided the bulk of the coal burned at Moneypoint power plant in Co Clare since 2001. File photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

Many large European companies, including some based in Ireland, have been linked to serious human rights and environmental harms through their supply (...)

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