Posts tagged with ‘refugee’

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Supporting Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh

by Stephanie Chunoo

This year marks three years since hundreds of thousands of Rohingya fled genocide in Myanmar. Many were forced to find shelter in overcrowded refugee camps in neighbouring Bangladesh. Rohingya refugees continue to face many hurdles in the refugee camps, where accessing  food and medical care can be difficult. Additionally, lack of clean water, sanitation and […]

Rohingya Family Carries on Despite Devastating Challenges

by Karen Bokma

Since August 2017, three quarters of a million Rohingya refugees have been forced by violence to leave their homes in Myanmar. It’s a difficult journey for everyone. For Nosomakatun, a mother of two children with disabilities, it was even harder. When arson and killings began to occur against the Rohingya people in her neighbourhood, Nosomakatun […]

Syrian Refugees Experience Safety and Friendship in Canada

by Karen Bokma

During coffee hour at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Toronto, Ontario, church members and guests are greeted by a team of volunteers. Behind the coffee carafes are long-time members, as well as a Muslim mother and daughter from war-torn Syria. They are giving back to thank St. Andrew’s for providing a safe and accepting place […]

World Refugee Day: Celebrating 40 Years of Refugee Sponsorship

by Anna Muir

June 20 is World Refugee Day—a time to remember refugees, honour their strength, and celebrate the work that helps refugees find new homes and settle peacefully. Welcoming refugees to Canada has been a faithful response of the church for decades. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Sponsorship Agreement existing between the Canadian government […]

The Many Roads to Sponsorship Success

by Karen Bokma

Wilma Lamb-Stewart lives in Kingsville ON. She is the Chair of the Leamington Area Ecumenical Refugee Committee. A member of the United Church, she is LAERC’s primary contact with the refugee team at the national offices of the Presbyterian Church. (Ian Panton of Knox Presbyterian Church, Leamington, a Presbyterian member of the ecumenical group, and […]

World Refugee Day 2018

by Anna Muir

There are over 65 million refugees in the world, fleeing war, famine or persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion or social group. Refugees are part of our human family and entitled to their rights to peace and protection. World Refugee Day is June 20—a day to honour the strength and courage of refugees […]

Give Life-Saving Support to Rohingya Refugees This Giving Tuesday – November 28, 2017

by Anna Muir

Over 600,000 Rohingya have been pushed out of their homes in Myanmar and into overcrowded refugee camps in neighbouring Bangladesh. Tired and malnourished, Rohingya refugees continue to struggle with little access to food and medical care and face growing water, sanitation and hygiene challenges. Thousands of new arrivals are flooding into the camps, making the […]

The Rohingya Crisis: Stories of Courage

by Anna Muir

Since the outbreak of a military offensive against the Rohingya minority in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, Safiri has been living a nightmare. As a Rohingya woman, she’d suddenly become the target for indiscriminate, harrowing violence—civilian killings and the obliteration of villages—in her own home country. Safiri’s own village had been burned to the ground and her […]

Canadian Government to Match Donations to Rohingya Crisis

by Karen Bokma

Extreme violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State has forced over half a million Rohingya people to flee from their homes and seek refuge in Bangladesh. Violence broke out at the end of August when Rohingya militants attacked government forces. According to the United Nations, the Myanmar government responded against the Rohingya with disproportionate violence. On October […]

Tuesday, June 20 is World Refugee Day

by Anna Muir

God’s promise of abundant life is found in a life of peace, free from fear and persecution. Yet, an unprecedented 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes because of war or a fear of persecution based on their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or social group. There are now more […]