Sixty years ago, a generation of Christians decided they would not stand by whilst people suffered in refugee camps amidst the aftermath of the Second World War. Inspired by the teaching of Jesus Christ, they could not sit back while their neighbours suffered. They shared Jesus’ outrage over injustice and were prepared to do something about it.
That dedication and generosity led to the creation of Christian Aid Week, which today unites 20,000 churches across the country that come together to achieve incredible things to continue to support our global neighbours in need, who are suffering through no fault of their own.
Today, tens of millions of people – fathers, mothers and children - across the globe are still fleeing their homes, and making dangerous journeys in search of safety. Christian Aid is not turning its back now, and continues to support refugees around the world, who are fleeing their homes due to conflict, war and disaster.
While the majority of today’s refugees seek sanctuary in poor countries, in 2015 some one million people crossed into Europe. With borders in Europe now closed, thousands of desperate refugees are finding themselves stranded in countries including Greece and Serbia – and in need of urgent help.
Nejebar, from Afghanistan, fled her homeland after the Taliban announced they would kill anyone who worked for the government, like her husband Noor. They eventually sought refuge in Greece with their children, after a treacherous journey across the Mediterranean in a small rubber dinghy. The young family have left their home, family and friends behind, and now live with no certainty on their future, especially that of their children.
With the help of you, our supporters, Christian Aid and its global partners continue to provide support for refugees, like Nejebar and Noor, with essentials including, food, shelter and job skills training, as well as advocating for policies to protect them and help them on the ground. You can help to change the lives of refugees fleeing conflict and crisis this Christian Aid Week by donating online at www.caweek.org calling 08080 006 006, or texting ‘GIVE’ to 70040 to give £5.