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Refugees Call to Prime Minister at Christian Aid Service

Tuesday November 29

The congregation of Pitlochry Parish Church came together on Sunday to sign and send a giant Christmas card to Theresa May, calling on her to take action to support the millions of people fleeing conflict and violence this Christmas.

The four-foot Christmas card has been signed by the church congregation urging the Prime Minister to welcome refugees: not only through the implementation of Government policy, but also through the language she chooses to use.

This year’s Christian Aid’s appeal hopes to raise vital funds so it can continue to provide critical support to some of the millions of people worldwide who have been forced to leave their homes through fear and uncertainty in the worst global displacement crisis of our time.

Sally Foster Fulton, Head of Christian Aid Scotland said: “More than 65 million people are fleeing from conflict and crises. The stories told now – either in the media or by our politicians - about the current refugee crisis rarely reflect the harsh reality facing them. Rarely told are the positive contributions that refugees make in our communities, nor of the many communities and churches that are united in welcoming those seeking refuge.

“The words of our public figures play a huge role in setting the agenda, so this Christmas we have sent Christmas cards to the Prime Minister, Theresa May, calling on her ensure her words reflect our proud tradition as a nation that welcomes those in need and her government’s policies offer hope to those looking for a safe place to call home”.

Working with refugees and displaced people is nothing new for the international aid agency, which was founded 70 years ago to support refugees in the wake of the Second World War, and continues to support those searching for safety today, including people from war-torn nations such as Syria and Iraq.

These conflicts have driven millions of ordinary people from their homes, many risking their lives in a bid to give their families a more secure life in a safer place.

For information, or to donate to the Christmas Appeal, visit www.christianaid.org.uk/Christmas

To find out more about Change the Story, visit http://www.christianaid.org.uk/change-the-story


Comments

Rev Dr John Cameron - Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

“Usual stunt by the usual suspects - the fact is that last year the UK accepted more refugees under resettlement schemes than any other European member state.”


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