Posts Tagged “Greece”

UNHCR report on Desperate Journeys

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UNHCR report on Desperate Journeys

Movement has continued but taken more diversified and dangerous journeys after increased border restrictions were introduced in 2016 aimed at restricting refugee and migrant movements towards and inside Europe. This is the conclusion of the Desperate Journeys report (full PDF) published by the UN’s Refugee Agency, UNHRCR. “The lack of accessible and safe pathways leads…

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Faith leaders: shame of freezing refugees in Europe

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Faith leaders: shame of freezing refugees in Europe

“News that refugees have started freezing to death should shame us in 21st-century Europe.” That’s a sobering statement from a letter in today’s Daily Telegraph that has been signed by the former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and other Christian and Jewish faith leaders. There have been reports throughout January highlighting the tented camps in Greece…

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The Suppliant Women: Mesmerising ancient theatre with a modern message

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The Suppliant Women: Mesmerising ancient theatre with a modern message

The Suppliant Women reinvigorates a 2,500 year old piece of theatre from the pen of Aeschylus which still has a poignant message to society today. David Grieg adapted a literal translation of the 463BC Greek play The Suppliants (the first of an otherwise nearly totally lost trilogy) which tells the story of The Danaids, the…

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Sharp rise in number of refugees stranded in Greece, sea rescues continue

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Sharp rise in number of refugees stranded in Greece, sea rescues continue

Refugees continue to arrive in Europe by sea and land routes. IOM estimate that by 21 September, a total of 317,228 migrants and refugees have arrived in Europe since the start of 2016. While stories of rescue at sea can no longer be found leading TV news bulletins or dominating newspaper front pages, out of the…

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To the churches in Greece: Grace to you and peace

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To the churches in Greece: Grace to you and peace

Upon their return from visiting refugees and refugee projects in Greece at the end of May, the twelve women who participated in the delegation have written to the churches in Greece to offer their reflection and encouragement. The letter can be downloaded as a PDF and is also reproduced below. They also wrote a corresponding letter to the member…

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The Compass – Destination Europe (BBC World Service)

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The Compass – Destination Europe (BBC World Service)

Five episodes of BBC World Service’s The Compass programme are examining the long-term impact of the world migration crisis. The first two programmes in the series are available to listen to on demand. Turkey – the lost generation Greece – the warehouse of souls One of the sites in the second programme will be familiar to readers…

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“… as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers …”

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“… as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers …”

We returned to Athens after our time in Thessaloniki and were hosted Malcolm Bradshaw and Rebecca Boardman. Father Malcolm serves as the Anglican Chaplain in Athens and Rebecca is responsible for co-ordinating the Anglican church’s response in Greece to the refugee crisis. They welcomed us along with representatives from a number of the agencies who…

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Wanderings in the Wilderness or the Promised Land?

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Wanderings in the Wilderness or the Promised Land?

We all know the Exodus story. The story of the Israelites’ captivity as enslaved peoples in Egypt living under the harsh treatment of the authorities at the time. We know of their miraculous escape led by Moses through the waters of the Red Sea and of their wanderings in the wilderness for 40 years. 40…

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Ruth & Naomi: a contemporary re-telling

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Ruth & Naomi: a contemporary re-telling

In the days when the EU and nation states ruled there was a war raging in the land and a certain woman, Naomi and her family lived in Aleppo. But the husband of Naomi was killed when a bomb destroyed the family’s business. Her eldest son had married a woman called Orpah but was shot…

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Who do you say I am?

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Who do you say I am?

Clare McBeath is co-principal of Northern Baptist College and was one of the women who took part in the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland women’s delegation to visit Greece, May 2016. I was welcomed into someone’s home. It was immaculately clean, tidy and soft underfoot, the shade providing a welcome relief from the blistering…

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