2019: A year in pictures

A look back at some of the images that defined key moments for Tearfund in 2019.

Responding to a cyclone
A member of the community in Sofala province, Mozambique, carries aid items distributed by Tearfund partner CEDES after Cyclone Idai. 

The cyclone tore through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe in March, with an estimated three million people affected. Close to 1,000 deaths were recorded and many more were injured. People lost homes, possessions, livelihoods and hope. 

Tearfund responded immediately and worked with our partners to meet people’s most urgent needs. (Photo: David Mutua/Tearfund)

Cyclone Idai response

Venezuelans find refuge in Colombia
Fernanda, a five-year-old Venezuelan migrant, is checked over by a doctor in Villa Caracas, Colombia. 

Working with a local church, Tearfund partner Concilo Hermanos Unidos en Cristo provides food vouchers to families, runs children’s clubs, and provides medical assistance in Villa Caracas. It’s one of the main arrival locations for Venezuelans who have fled a country facing an economic and political crisis. (Photo: Peter Caton/Tearfund)

Venezuela migrant child

Syria destruction
Ruined buildings remain in a city in north-west Syria after nearly nine years of bitter conflict.

Tearfund has mostly been working with Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan – providing food and shelter, and offering trauma counselling. Meeting people’s immediate needs has been vital, and this will continue inside Syria, where over six million people are still displaced. 

In 2019 we became registered to set up an office in Syria. It means we can work with local partners and employ local people who know their country better than anybody.

Bombed Syria street

A rubbish campaign
On a sunny day in May, Tearfund staff and volunteers stood outside the Unilever building in London, raising awareness of the problem of plastic waste. Our Rubbish Campaign called on Coca-Cola, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever to take responsibility for their plastic waste in poorer countries. 

In October, Unilever pledged to halve its use of new plastics by 2025 and collect more plastic than they sell. (Photo: Wilde Fry/Tearfund)

rubbish campaign awareness

No school to skip
Keya and Bina skip through a camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. More than 914,000 refugees now live there, having fled violence in Myanmar. As of 31 July 2019, 55 per cent were under 18 years of age.

Many of these children are missing out on an education. Tearfund and our partners are providing counselling, activity clubs, a new curriculum and safe spaces for young people in the camps. It gives them a chance to recover from the trauma they have endured and to just be children. (Photo: Rachel Burnet/Tearfund)

Rohingya children skipping

Flooding crisis in CAR
Tables and furniture are stacked up to escape the floods after heavy rains hit the Central African Republic (CAR). It’s estimated more than 25,000 people were severely affected by severe flooding, in what rapidly became a humanitarian crisis.

The Ubangui river burst its banks close to the capital city Bangui, and many people took refuge in schools, churches and community centres. Three areas where Tearfund’s 2018 UK Aid Match appeal projects are operating were affected. (Photo: Olga Yetikua Josephine/Tearfund)

Flooding in CAR

Held together by love
There wasn’t always peace between Télesphore (left) and Primitive from Gisagara district, southern Rwanda. Télesphore survived the Rwandan genocide, but he was falsely imprisoned for nine years. When he returned home, his relationship with Primitive became abusive. 

But after meeting Tearfund partner Association Mwana Ukundwa (AMU), they received counselling and were encouraged to listen to each other. Now they have a common vision and communicate well. They also help other couples who are struggling. (Photo: Marcus Perkins/Tearfund)

Held together by love in Rwanda
Andrew Horton

Andrew is Online News and Film Editor for Tearfund. This involves finding and writing up inspiring articles for the website, and capturing compelling stories on video.