Archive For March 29, 2016

Aid organisations scale back work in Greece as they react to EU-Turkey deal

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Aid organisations scale back work in Greece as they react to EU-Turkey deal

The UNHRC, the United Nations’ refugee agency, is scaling back its assistance to refugees landing on Greek shores. A UNHRC spokesperson explained: “UNHCR has till now been supporting the authorities in the so-called hotspots on the Greek islands, where refugees and migrants were received, assisted, and registered. “Under the new provisions, these sites have now…

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Event – From Syria (and Elsewhere) to Northern Ireland

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Event – From Syria (and Elsewhere) to Northern Ireland

The long-established Northern Ireland charity EMBRACE is hosting an event in Carlisle Road Methodist Church in the city on Monday 11 April at 7.15pm. A second group of Syrian refugees will shortly be welcomed to Northern Ireland under the Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme and will be hosted in Derry~Londonderry. From Syria (and Elsewhere) to Northern…

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On the road … a journey through the Bible for migrants

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On the road … a journey through the Bible for migrants

Back in 2008, the French Bible Society produced an illustrated booklet On the Road: a Journey through the Bible for Migrants in conjunction with a group of migrant people. It combines 33 Bible stories, prayers, experiences of people who have had to leave their homes, and suggested questions for discussion. It can be used for…

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Migrants Mass in London (6 May at 11am in Westminster Cathedral)

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Migrants Mass in London (6 May at 11am in Westminster Cathedral)

The Jesuit Refugee Service UK announce: Diverse communities from across London will come together to pray in solidarity with migrants at the annual Migrants Mass that has been organised by the Dioceses of Westminster, Southwark and Brentwood. London is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, home to migrant communities who have come…

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For Refugees – responding as Good Samaritans

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For Refugees – responding as Good Samaritans

For Refugees is an initiative whose roots are in the Good Faith Partnership, itself a project of the established charity Chapel St dedicated to building and serving communities. Once the Syrian people had lives like ours. Safe, happy and free. Today almost half live in squalor and fear – as refugees driven from their homes…

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3,772 paper boats delivered to 10 Downing Street

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3,772 paper boats delivered to 10 Downing Street

Student Action for Refugees (STAR) has delivered 3,772 paper boats to 10 Downing Street, each representing a life lost in the Mediterranean last year as people tried to reach safety in Europe. Some of the poignant flotilla boats have been made by Syrian child refugees living in the Calais ‘jungle’ camp who have added personal…

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“We love our new home”

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“We love our new home”

Fifty one Syrian refugees arrived in Belfast in December under the UK government Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement programme. Three months later, some gathered in the Shaftsbury Recreation Centre on Saturday evening for what the former Lord Mayor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir described as an “exuberant community welcome”. Teenager Ascha Alnajjar spoke at the event. In a…

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Julie Ward MEP visits camps: “Perhaps together we can make a difference?”

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Julie Ward MEP visits camps: “Perhaps together we can make a difference?”

Julie Ward, Labour MEP for the North West of England, visited the Jungle Camp in Calais in December and blogged about what she saw and heard. She returned to the less well known Grande-Synthe camp outside Dunkirk in January. The December storms that devastated some areas of the UK and Ireland in late December passed…

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Prayers – Christian Aid

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Prayers – Christian Aid

Christian Aid‘s website publishes a number of prayers that can be used to pray for the families and communities affected by the conflict in Syria. A prayer for hope A prayer of response A prayer for the people of Syria A prayer inspired by Psalm 130 A prayer from the Ecumenical Prayer Cycle on the…

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Bishop Angaelos welcomes US declaration that ISIS has committed genocide

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Bishop Angaelos welcomes US declaration that ISIS has committed genocide

Bishop Angaelos is the General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom and Moderator of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI). In a statement he welcomed the recent US declaration that ISIS has committed genocide. “Through this recognition, an important precedent has been set demonstrating that the international community has real…

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