Welcome to Afri

Afri’s vision is of a more peaceful, equal and sustainable world. We seek to inform debate, influence policy and practice and effect change in Ireland and internationally on issues of human rights, peace, the climate crisis, and global justice. Afri is guided by the primary goal of the UN Charter: “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war”.

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Our Vision

Afri’s goal is the promotion of global justice and peace, and the reduction of poverty; this includes, but is not limited to, the progressive reduction of global militarisation, and responding to the threat of climate change, corporate control of resources and water, and interference with food sovereignty.

Afri particularly responds to injustice caused by militarisation, and by environmental destruction and resource depletion. We do this through analysis, education and action in solidarity with marginalised people in the ‘Global South’ and also in Ireland and elsewhere in the so-called ‘developed world’.

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An Gorta Mór

For over 30 years Afri has been joined by thousands of people to walk the famine road through the Doolough Valley in County Mayo. It is a walk like no other, abounding in memory, music, history, solidarity and spectacular beauty; retracing the steps of the dispossessed of the past and forging solidarity with the banished and oppressed of today.

This documentary on YouTube, made by RoJ, reflects on the issues at the core of this event.

Famine Walk CD – ‘Music from a Dark Lake’

An 18 track CD by some of Ireland’s greatest artists – all of whom have performed at the Famine Walk – has been produced by Afri to mark the 30th Walk.

This is an extraordinary collection of songs, music and spoken word accompanied by a 32 page booklet brimming with interesting facts, quotes and information. See our donation page for more details.

Support Afri’s Work

There are many different ways of supporting the work of Afri, including through a one-off or recurring donation. See our donation page for more details.

News and Events

Famine Walk 2024 April 17, 2024 - The Doolough Famine Walk will take place on Saturday, May 18th 2024. Once again, this year, walkers will gather in Louisburgh for conversation, talks and music before being ferried by bus to the start of the walk. Retracing the steps of several hundred people who made this journey in search of food during An Gorta Mór,...Continue reading Famine Walk 2024
April 14, 2024 - 14.04.24. Afri joined thousands of people protesting at Shannon Airport against Ireland’s complicity in war crimes and the genocide in Palestine. #Gazagenocide #warcrimes #Shannon airport Photo credit: Joe Buckley Photography
Date for Your Diary March 19, 2024 - Afri Doolough Famine Walk will take place on Saturday, May 18th, 2024. Please check back closer to the date for further details. #afrifaminewalk #dooloughfaminewalk
‘When Starvation is a Weapon, The Harvest Is Shame’ by Kathy Kelly March 18, 2024 - March 14, 2024 In a work entitled “Irish Famine 4,” Palestinian-American journalist and artist Sam Husseini combined grass and paint to commemorate a bitter time in Irish history when starving people died with their mouths stained green because, according to historian Christine Kinealy, their last meal was grass. Shamefully, British occupiers profited from exporting out of Ireland food crops so...Continue reading ‘When Starvation is a Weapon, The Harvest Is Shame’ by Kathy Kelly
Féile na Beatha Ceatharlach – Carlow’s Spring ‘Festival of Living’ March 6, 2024 - Carlow’s Spring festival of living takes place on March 19th this year, with a range of compelling events throughout the day. Féile na Beatha has grown out of the Famine Walk which has taken place from South East Technological University to the nearby Famine Graveyard for more than a decade. 
Afri hiring new Coordinator March 1, 2024 - Joe Murray, Coordinator of Afri for many years, will be retiring this year.  Afri is now advertising for a new Coordinator, with a closing date of April 26.  Details are in the job advertisement below and the job description at this link.  We encourage those with relevant experience and an interest in Afri’s innovative work...Continue reading Afri hiring new Coordinator

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The Great Starvation

Over 30 years Afri has been joined by thousands of people to walk the famine road through the Doolough Valley in County Mayo. It is a walk like no other, abounding in memory, music, history, solidarity and spectacular beauty; retracing the steps of the dispossessed of the past and forging solidarity with the banished and oppressed of today.

This documentary on YouTube, made by RoJ, reflects on the issues at the core of this event.

Watch the Film on YouTube