Vicar Victoria and Revd Ashdown will be spending a short time in Northern France with the humanitarian charity Care4Calais. You can help by donating priority items. They will deliver donations, observe the situation, and offer spiritual comfort if appropriate.
Want to help?
donate priority items via @acnbchurch
Deliver items on this list to All Saints before 2 February
Care4Calais is a volunteer run charity delivering essential aid and support to people in pursuit of protection who have ended up living in the worst conditions across Northern France and Belgium. The charity delivers food, bedding, clothing and basic medical assistance on humanitarian grounds. In addition they advocate in the UK for a fair and tolerant society and a welcoming attitude to refugees and people seeking refugee status.
Refugees travelling north in Europe today stop at Calais and stay there, cold, hungry and hated, with nowhere to go, no warmth, no home. Speaking about her experience of traveling across Europe after the Eyjafjallajökull eruption closed airspace, and Andrew’s subsequent experiences in Syria she said “ It’s brought home to us the extreme conditions that would be needed for a person to give up their home, their family and friends, take hardly any belongings, gather your children and set out on a long and perilous journey in the hope that there would be something better. It takes courage, or conditions so awful, that there is no alternative other than entrust your life to others.”
Recent debates in the UK have demonstrated how convenient it is for politicians to shift blame for every problem onto these brave people, who but for an accident of birth, could so easily be us. The blame and hate must stop.
Describing people on the move
We believe God cares for every single person. Our focus is likewise on people and their beautiful humanity. Different terms are used to describe people are on the move due to the effects of wars, conflicts and the climate crises.
- We use the term ‘seeking a better life’ for people who describe their primary reasons for migrating in those terms
- We use the term ‘seeking protection’ or ‘seeking humanitarian protection’ or ‘seeking safety‘ for people who appear to be on the move because their government cannot protect them.
- We use the term ‘Refugee’ only for people who have received protection after crossing a state border in accordance with the 1951 Convention on the ‘Status of Refugees’ and additional protocols.
- We use the term ‘displacement’ to describe people who move but remain within their original country of origin.