Archive For April 28, 2017

Making precious what is precarious

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Making precious what is precarious

Sam Donaldson is a Quaker who lives in Hull and was part of the CTBI delegation that visited Mediterranean Hope refugee projects in Lampedusa and Sicily in April 2017. In this article, he reflects on his experience in Lampedusa. “The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that’s wrong with the…

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Administrative error: extra 130 places ‘discovered’ for child refugees under Dubs Scheme

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Administrative error: extra 130 places ‘discovered’ for child refugees under Dubs Scheme

Despite the original expectation that 3,000 child refugees who had travelled from Syria to Europe would be brought to the UK under the ‘Dubs Scheme’, the government announced earlier this year that the scheme would close after just 350 unaccompanied migrant children had been resettled. Two months later and an extra 130 places have now…

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The Promise – epic film about Armenian genocide chimes with twenty first century conflicts and displacement

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The Promise – epic film about Armenian genocide chimes with twenty first century conflicts and displacement

The Promise documents the displacement and genocide of Armenians in the last days of the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. It’s a shocking piece of European history that director Terry George beautifully captures in his new epic film. Michael Boghosian (played by Oscar Isaac) travels from his rural village to the bustling city…

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Humanitarian corridors – addressing extreme danger faced by refugees

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Humanitarian corridors – addressing extreme danger faced by refugees

Damian Jackson is programme officer at the Irish Council of Churches and co-led the team of young men on CTBI’s recent visit to refugee projects on Sicily and Lampedusa. He writes today on the Irish Council of Churches’ blog about the visit whose purpose was “to gain an understanding of the situation faced by people…

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“Media silence has to stop”

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“Media silence has to stop”

Jake Convery is a United Reformed Church Youth Assembly representative to its General Assembly and its Mission Council as well as organist at Congleton URC and director of music at Saint Andrew’s URC, Hampstead. He was part of the ecumenical delegation that visited refugee projects in Sicily and Lampedusa earlier this month. On his blog…

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Meeting ‘the real flesh of Christ’ amid suffering and hope in Lampedusa

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Meeting ‘the real flesh of Christ’ amid suffering and hope in Lampedusa

The Irish News – one of Northern Ireland’s three daily newspapers – carried two articles on refugees in its Faith Matter section today. The first by Alan Meban (who manages the Focus on Refugees website and social media) begins by quoting Dom Carmelo, the Catholic priest on the island of Lampedusa, who spent time with the CTBI delegation which visited…

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Humanity is being questioned on Lampedusa

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Humanity is being questioned on Lampedusa

Bartłomiej Bozek is a member of the Chemin Neuf Community and travelled to Italy to visit Mediterranean Hope projects in April with the delegation of young men organised by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. Lampedusa is a small island in the Mediterranean Sea. You can either get there by boat or by plane. Both…

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“Even in the worst possible moment … there is life”

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“Even in the worst possible moment … there is life”

Fr Sean Gilbert is an Anglican Priest in the Church of England, serving his curacy at Christ Church, St Leonards-on-Sea in East Sussex. This post is adapted from the Holy Saturday reflection he wrote in response to his week as part of the CTBI delegation to Sicily and Lampedusa. This is the night where darkness…

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Encounters & borders – Francesco Piobbichi

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Encounters & borders – Francesco Piobbichi

As we left Lampedusa and Sicily last week, with its many encounters with staff and refugees, I was conscious that we were heading into Holy Week and a teenage memory came back to me. A set of daily devotional readings in the lead up to Easter had focused on the different people that Jesus’ encountered on…

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I felt different … something had changed in my life

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I felt different … something had changed in my life

Bartłomiej Bozek is a member of the Chemin Neuf Community and travelled to Italy to visit Mediterranean Hope projects in April with the delegation of young men organised by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. – – – When I returned from Italy to Storrington on Saturday evening I felt different. It was as if…

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