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Posts tagged with ‘refugee’

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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 […]

Feeding Centres in War-Torn South Sudan Saving Lives

by Anna Muir

For too long, Regina and her eight children struggled living in a country torn apart by violence. In her hometown of Leer, South Sudan, armed men had burned homes, raped women and killed civilians. Three years of civil war left both the community and Regina’s hope in ruins. Faced with the ongoing conflict, Regina decided […]

Alberta Congregation Welcomes Refugee Family to Canada

by Karen Bokma

There are growing concerns about the rising number of refugees worldwide. The number of people forced to flee around the world has exceeded 50 million. Half of all refugees and displaced people are children. Many of them live in crowded camps, waiting for peace and an opportunity to return home. They have to move if […]