People showed their support for Syrian refugees in Lerwick last weekend. Photo: Dave Donaldson Local organisations and agencies in Shetland are gearing up for the possibility of offering housing and other services to Syrian refugees who flee to the UK. SIC chief executive Mark Boden on Thursday asked the Shetland Partnership Board, comprising representatives from NHS Shetland, Shetland Charitable Trust, the council, police and voluntary organisations, to support a community approach to taking part in the Syrian Resettlement Scheme, which is an extension of the Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme. This was unanimously supported. At the full council meeting on Tuesday members will be asked to vote on a motion from council leader Gary Robinson and deputy leader Billy Fox that Shetland should work with the Scottish government on a scheme to relocate Syrian refugees across the country. In his report to the partnership board on Thursday, Mr Boden confirmed that early planning work had … [Read more...] about Isles gearing up to help Syrian refugees
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Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani has ordered that $50 million be allocated to support Syrian refugees and displaced people, local media reported Tuesday. According to the Qatar News Agency, the donation will be used for Syrian refugees in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan as well as displaced people within Syria. It added that the Qatar Development Fund, in coordination with the White Helmets civil defense agency and UN agencies, will be responsible for spending the amount in direct humanitarian relief programs. Turkey hosts more than 3.5 million Syrian refugees, more than any other country in the world. Syria has only just begun to emerge from a devastating conflict that began in 2011 when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on demonstrators with unexpected ferocity. News.Az … [Read more...] about Qatar to donate $50 million for Syrian people
By Petra Bagust OPINION: How often in life are the battle lines drawn with an indelible marker? One that creates a "them and us" - a line between the right way and that other way. In politics and religion, we often see the worst of it - the Republicans and Democrats, their current battle lines drawn in very bold pen. In religion, the line between Muslims and Christians dates back a very long time. I've just flown to Lebanon, in my role as Ambassador for Tearfund NZ - an amazing organisation facilitating great work in the midst of the huge crisis that is happening right now. On the ride from the airport in Beirut, I ask the local Lebanese taxi driver if south of Beirut, perhaps Sidon and Tyre, would be good to visit. "No!" he says, emphatically, "The north is best." He knows the line - the north is Christian, the south belongs to the "other", in this case, the Muslims. This is the backdrop, along with two civil wars, to a strangely beautiful, unfolding story of erasing the lines. … [Read more...] about Opinion: A learning centre providing hope to Syrian refugees
Churches in Wetherby and Collingham are sending vital aid to war torn Syrian and Iraq refugees. An estimated 21.8 million have been displaced from their homes across the region and are in urgent need of clothing as the bitter temperatures of winter threaten.As they have done for the past three years and working with Samara’s Aid Appeal, the churches will be collecting good quality clothing and footwear to be sent to the Middle East and are calling for donations.“Our aim is to demonstrate our love and concern in a practical way, while at the same time affirming the God-given dignity of every person caught up in the conflict,” says the Very Rev Derek Taylor, the appeal organiser. “One way of doing this is to ensure that our donations meet high standards, and aren’t just cast-offs. We are sure that the usual generosity of our townspeople will be very evident, as it has been in previous years.”New or good quality clothing, shoes and boots suitable for … [Read more...] about Urgent appeal for clothing for Syrian refugees
0 Post a comment Monday, 1 October 2018 - Local People An appeal has been launched by two local charity campaigners for supplies, clothing and equipment to help refugees this winter. Zoe Thompson and island-based Middle East consultant Laura Cretney have launched the appeal to ask for donations of camping equipment, such as tents, sleeping bags, rucksacks and tarpaulins, blankets, men and women’s outdoor and waterproof clothing, shoes and underwear to be sent to refugees who are living in what Zoe describes as ’desperate conditions’ in temporary camps around the north of France.They have also asked for donations of baby care items, such as nappies, clothing, feeding bottles and baby milk powder, sanitary items, such as soap, shampoo and baby wipes and also feminine hygiene items, things which she says are in very short supply to the refugees.Zoe, who volunteers with refugee charities, runs the Facebook group Manx Support Refugees, said that the appeal has been … [Read more...] about Can you donate supplies for Syrian refugees?