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All the latest updates on our charity work from around the world.

Across the world we work with the poorest people in some of the most dangerous and difficult countries. We work with people living in places most vulnerable to conflict and natural disaster and who are most affected when a crisis occurs.

Last year Concern Worldwide responded to 33 emergencies in 23 countries, directly supporting more than 2.8 million people.  

Civil war continues to engulf South Sudan. However, there are some areas of the country are not on the frontlines and it is there where hope survives. Concern has been supporting some of those who have returned to restart their lives.

I have been in Nepal for just over one week and on Monday night I experienced my first aftershock. It was 3.7 in magnitude and its epicentre was in Kathmandu Valley itself.

I’m not embarrassed to admit that the aftershock scared me. For those who have been living with these aftershocks for almost two months, the fear is still very real.

This blog was originally published on the Bond website.

It takes a lot of work to bring the very poorest out of poverty. Not only do they have few, if any assets to build on, but they lack the skills and social networks to pull themselves out of grinding poverty. Research and analysis from Concern’s ‘graduation’ programmes in Burundi, Rwanda, Haiti and Zambia challenges this idea.

Heavy fighting recently broke out in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, after an attempted coup. Tens of thousands of Burundians have already fled the country, and those numbers could rise precipitously if fighting continues. 

Whether Muslim or Christian, sectarian fighting in the Central African Republic has had devastating effects on struggling farmers. Bloodshed, displacement and destruction have left the population traumatised and vulnerable.