We have all been shocked by the plight of Syrian refugees in recent days. Some background information is below, together with details of what the churches are doing to help. If you would like to add your voice to a petition urging the Prime Minister to commit the UK to doing more to help, visit this Change.org petition.
Two million Syrians have fled to Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, at least one million are children, (Amnesty UK, 19/08/15).
The UN urgently needs the rest of the world to resettle the 320,000 most vulnerable Syrian refugees. So far the UK has taken just 187 (Amnesty UK; 19/08/15).
The UK Government has set aside funds to pay for the resettlement of vulnerable Syrian refugees, including the cost of setting up home and living costs for the first year. Children are among the most vulnerable; in the refugee camps they are being recruited as fighters.
Each County can receive funding for up to ten vulnerable people, but councils have to approach the Government and ask for the funding. So please write to your local and county councillors and ask that Hertfordshire takes ten vulnerable refugees from Syria.
Each person who comes to the UK under this scheme can bring only four or five family members, so Hertfordshire would be welcoming no more than sixty people.
You can find out more about life for refugees and life in Syria on the Amnesty UK and ‘Badael’ web sites.
St Andrew’s Church in Hertford has a Peace and Justice Group which is a great way to keep informed and be involved in local action.
~ I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me.~