The situation facing refugees and migrants continues to be a matter of huge global concern. While the issues are many and complex, the Diocese of Canterbury is committed to showing compassion to those forced to flee their countries as well as the communities they join.
Bishop Trevor has spoken of the need to look behind the headlines and remember the common humanity we share with all refugees and migrants:
“…it is easy to forget that behind each number, behind each percentage and quota are people. Fragile human beings with hope and fears, many of which we could all identify.”
Urgent Donations for Refugee Camps in France
Svenja Powell is the refugee lead for Churches Together in Canterbury and she has kindly agreed to share her reflections on her recent visit to Dunkirk refugee camp available to all through our refugee page.
Furthermore, Churches Together in Canterbury are working in partnership with The Salvation Army, Canterbury, to gather items needed in France, and are now also able to take financial donations: Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information on both modes of solidarity.
Svenja adds that:
The majority of clothing needed is small and medium teenage/men’s clothing and men in the UK tend to be larger than that so it is quite difficult to get enough. Any money donations we get we tend to spend on this.
As a Diocese, we have been keen to develop a long-term and meaningful response to the issues surrounding refugees and migrants. After the initial response from churches which included the sending of clothing and goods to Calais, two areas of specific concern were identified in which the Diocese felt it could offer more sustainable assistance:
- The support of refugees, migrants and young unaccompanied asylum seekers in Kent, as well as those organisations already working tirelessly in this area.
- The support of those working in the camps on the North French coast, the people living within the camps, and communities surrounding them.