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Christian Aid Lent Appeal
22/01/18

Christian Aid have launched their Lent appeal where they are encouraging people to walk with the more than 40 million displaced people in the world today.

‘Is not this the fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice, to untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter – when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?’ Isaiah 58:6-7

For Christians around the world, Lent is a time of reflection, self-examination and thinking of others who are less fortunate than ourselves. It is a journey, as we think about how we follow the Jesus who calls his disciples to a sacrificial love that breaks down barriers, builds bridges, pursues righteousness and demands justice for the oppressed and marginalised.

During Lent, as we reflect on the challenges Jesus faced as he journeyed in the wilderness for 40 days, we can also think about the millions of our sisters and brothers across the world struggling to survive in a desolate place.

Millions of people have been forced from their homes for many reasons, including conflict, natural disasters, drought and fear.  Often remaining within their own countries, they’re largely ignored by the international community and are forced to create a life for themselves and their families in unfamiliar surroundings, with little support.

People like Ibrahim.

Ibrahim Juto, his wife and three children were forced to flee their village in northern Nigeria, where 1.9 million people have been forced their homes through fear, conflict and violence, when Boko Haram arrived and tried to force the men to join them. 

Ibrahim fled ahead to seek safety, with his family following. His wife and children were forced to walk for three days, sleeping in vulnerable conditions in the open. The family’s livestock died or ran away, and Ibrahim no longer had land on which to farm, leaving them without an income. Ibrahim now earns a little money selling firewood in the camp where they’ve sought refuge.

Thankfully, the family have received lifesaving help from Christian Aid local partner organisations, including much-needed food and water.

This Lent, Christian Aid is asking you to walk with the more than 40 million internally displaced people in the world today. Christian Aid refuses to turn away from those in need, especially those who are forgotten and ignored.

Just £4 could buy three litres of cooking oil for a family, £37 could buy 50kg rice or £72 could buy a month’s supply (50kg) beans for a family of five.

For more information, visit www.Christian-aid.org/Lent

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