Posts Tagged “Syria”

Gardens Speak – unearthing Syrian stories from beyond the grave #BelFest

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Gardens Speak – unearthing Syrian stories from beyond the grave #BelFest

I’m slowly walking back up Belfast’s Botanic Avenue at about a third of pace I would usually strike. There is earth under some of my fingernails. A to do list of a thousand and one things no longer seem so urgent. I’m preoccupied with the live of one young man who died near the beginning…

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£1m UK Gov injection to support community sponsorship groups

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£1m UK Gov injection to support community sponsorship groups

Marking the one year anniversary of the operation of the UK’s community sponsorship scheme, the Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced £1 million of funding over two years to support community groups who want to help resettle refugees fleeing the war in Syria. This time last year, the Archbishop of Canterbury welcomed a Syrian refugee family to…

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“When people of good join together, you can offer hope”

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“When people of good join together, you can offer hope”

The first arrivals under the French humanitarian corridors project landed at Charles de Gaulle airport on 5 July. 500 refugees will be welcomed to Paris over the next 18 months in the ecumenical scheme which has the agreement of the French government and is backed by Protestant and Catholic organisations: Fédération Protestante de France (FPF)…

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Churches in Syria and Lebanon supporting refugees

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Churches in Syria and Lebanon supporting refugees

Rev Fadi Elia Dagher is the moderator of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon and is in Belfast to attend the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. “In the past five years, churches have been destroyed, congregations relocated, elderly and children dead and suffering; youth injured, immigrated, lost their jobs, couldn’t…

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Humanitarian Corridors – safe and legal access to Europe

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Humanitarian Corridors – safe and legal access to Europe

CTBI’s Christine Elliott recently returned from a fact-finding visit to projects in Rome. Over the coming week’s she’ll be blogging about her encounters. Giulia Gori promotes the work of Humanitarian Corridors. This magnificent collaboration between the Italian Government departments of foreign and internal affairs and the Christian groups Mediterranean Hope, Community of Sant’Egidio and Tavola…

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UK faith leaders call on UK Government & UN General Assembly to act on Aleppo

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UK faith leaders call on UK Government & UN General Assembly to act on Aleppo

A number of faith leaders – Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh – across the UK today issued a joint statement calling for the urgent delivery of humanitarian aid to Aleppo, in particular to the population remaining in eastern Aleppo which has been subject to large-scale aerial bombardment over recent months and is running short of food…

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“Every refugee I speak to asks us to pray for peace” – Nigel Harris (TearFund)

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“Every refugee I speak to asks us to pray for peace” – Nigel Harris (TearFund)

“Here in Lebanon, the population was four million in 2011 before the war in Syria. Now it’s more than five and a half million, swollen by desperate refugees. That’s the equivalent of the UK taking in 20 million refugees.” Those are the words of TearFund’s chief executive Nigel Harris who recently visited Lebanon and saw…

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Christian Aid Ireland highlight displacement around the world

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Christian Aid Ireland highlight displacement around the world

Christian Aid Ireland’s summer magazine (PDF) reminds readers that while there is a great focus on refugees travelling into and through Europe, many people are displaced within their own countries around the world. Driven by the conflict in Syria, humanitarian crises in Iraq, South Sudan and Yemen, decades-old instability and conflict in Afghanistan and Somalia,…

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Talk: The Syria Refugee Situation – sign of a new world disorder? (17 May in Glasgow)

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Talk: The Syria Refugee Situation – sign of a new world disorder? (17 May in Glasgow)

On Tuesday 17 May, the UNHCR’s head of policy development and evaluation services Ewen Macleod is speaking at the University of Glasgow in the Sir Charles Wilson Building (1 University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8QQ). The Syria Refugee Situation – sign of a new world disorder? Ewen has been employed by the United Nations and the…

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The Land of the Invisible – EUsaveLives

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The Land of the Invisible – EUsaveLives

EUsaveLives – You Save Lives is a campaign by Oxfam and the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) to raise visibility of displaced people across the world. Their website reminds readers that the number of refugees and displaced persons in the world now exceeds 59.5 million for the first time since WW2…

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