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On 22 February, 1993, young nurse Valerie Place was killed while working with Concern in Somalia. Now, 25 years after her death, her Dublin-based parents speak publicly for the first time about the tragic incident.

Three years ago, a severe earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 struck Gorkha district, west of the capital city of Kathmandu. We speak to Concern’s Head of Emergency Operations, Ros O’Sullivan, about preparing to lead the deployment to Nepal after the 2015 earthquakeand his first day on the ground.

As we get ready to mark World Humanitarian Day 2018, Lucy Bloxham explains why it is an important day in the global calendar. 

Concern Worldwide staff unloading trucks ahead of food distribution in Filtu, Somali Region, Ethiopia. Photo: Jennifer Nolan/ Concern Worldwide

Ethiopia is currently in the midst of some exciting changes. A new Prime Minister is introducing unprecedented political change; a peace deal has been agreed with neighbouring Eritrea after decades of hostility; and a dynamic young population is driving remarkable economic growth. Despite this, many millions of Ethiopians are in a constant struggle to put food on the family table, much as they were when I first visited the country back in 2011.

Khayro Ali shares her traditional tukul home with her husband Ishmael and their four children in Filtu, Somali Region, Ethiopia. Photo: Jennifer Nolan/ Concern Worldwide

There is a universal problem-solving principle known as Ockham’s Razor which maintains that the simplest explanation tends to be the right one. When it comes to global hunger, this notion may appear somewhat frivolous: if it were so simple, surely 815 million people would not still be going to bed hungry every night. However, thanks to a little foil packet filled with a soft, sticky substance, the treatment of child malnutrition may have been revolutionised with an exceptionally simple solution. Peanuts.

A health worker at Rugombo Health Centre, Cibitoke distributes packets of peanut-paste to mothers whose children are malnourished. In one month alone (August 2017), the clinic has treated 81 cases of severe acute malnutrition and oedema. Photo: Darren Vau

As World Breastfeeding Week ends, one cannot help but wonder why a natural, lifesaving, affordable (I really mean, free) and nutritious superfood needs a whole week to promote it. 

Nasibo (30), has been breastfeeding her daughter Ramah (8 months) and is now moving on to food