A chance for the community to be heard
One 70 year old Christian lady is even going to have her head shaved to help make a difference. Without the support of churches across Norfolk many people who are suffering would simply be without help. Could you help this year?
Many refugees, like Nejebar from Afghanistan, have endured years of conflict. Nejebar says of the life she left behind:
‘Anything and everything in our country was a threat, the trees and the cars and the motorcycles. They were putting bombs in the trees and on the roads.’
Nejebar’s husband Noor worked as a teacher. The family felt horrified when the Taliban announced they would kill anyone, like Noor, who worked for the government. Another family member had his eyes taken out by the Taliban as they killed him. The family fled making the dangerous journey to Greece and are now stuck there in a camp with very few resources and they are worried about the health of their young child. Nejebar and many others are in urgent need of help.
Thanks to many Anglican churches in Norfolk, people have been helped in different ways - from receiving blankets, food and shelter to specialist services such as physiotherapy for people with disabilities or specialist support for children who have suffered trauma. So much more is needed.
The Anglican church was one of our founding partners and still is – in fact we are heavily involved at many different levels including speaking to the national youth synod, attending the General Synod, doing campaigns together and engaging Anglican churches in becoming an ‘Eco Church. Last year just within Norfolk during over 200 Anglican churches worked with us – especially around Christian Aid Week in Norfolk.
Julian Bryant, Norfolk Regional Coordinator says,
‘Today, tens of millions of people across the globe are fleeing their homes because of war, conflict and disaster, and are making dangerous journeys in search of safety. We can make such a difference to help these people. These are not simply ‘statistics’ but each person has a name, has feelings of fear, wants a secure place to call home, wants to protect their family and also needs food to eat. Fundraising is not always the easiest of things to do but we may be literally saving lives by doing this in Norfolk. Please could you and your church make a difference.’
Watch our Christian Aid Week Video on YouTube: Why someone who came to the UK as a refugee helps Christian Aid:
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