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Christian Aid Week : 14th to 20th May 2017



Christian Aid marks 60 years of Christian Aid Week

British churches founded Christian Aid in 1945 to support refugees who had lost their homes and possessions in the Second World War. Twelve years later, Christian Aid Week was launched to help fund this ongoing work.



This year’s house to house collection for Christian Aid resulted in £981.84 plus a further £114 from Gift Aid, making a grand total of £1095.84 and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all those who gave and those who distributed and collected envelopes.


This is a welcome increase over last year’s total of £1015.45 but still well below the previous year’s £1392.11


Cliff Stott

Local Organiser



Nejebar’s Story

Nejebar fled Afghanistan with her family after the Taliban threatened to kill her husband, Noor, who was a teacher. It wasn’t an idle threat - the Taliban first blinded, then murdered, another member of their family.


‘The last days and weeks in Afghanistan were the hardest,’ says Noor. ‘When I went to work, my heart was beating harder. I didn’t know if my family were going to be alive when I got back.’


When the family arrived at the refugee camp in Greece, they thought they would only stay for 10 days. But they’ve been there six months now and there’s no end in sight.

The only protection they have against the wind and rain is their tent. There’s no school for their children. Five-year-old Sudai, their youngest, is ill, but Nejebar and Noor don’t know what’s wrong with him because they can’t communicate with the camp’s doctor, who is Greek.


Nejebar is the rock at the centre of her family, holding them together throughout all this uncertainty. She has even welcomed Faraidoon and Farzad into the family, two brothers who don’t know where their parents are, or if they’re even alive.


‘We still have some hope for our children’s future,’ says Nejebar. ‘We only want a peaceful life. We want our children to go to school. The most important thing is our children.’


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