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Rosamond's editorial

It has been a busy few months with lots happening in both Christian Aid and in the sector in general.

In September global leaders agreed on 17 new Sustainable Development Goals, aimed at ending poverty by 2030. We worked together with our local partners to campaign and lobby for key issues to be included such as gender justice, inequality, peace building and climate change.

Climate change continues to have a devastating effect on poor communities around the world. The UN Climate Change Talks in Paris this December present a crucial opportunity for global leaders to move the world towards a fairer, low-carbon future.

We will monitor and hold our governments accountable for the commitments they made on the SDGs and at the Climate Change talks in Paris. 
 
Sorley McCaugheyThis issue also carries an update on the refugee crisis which is worsening as the conflicts in Syria and Iraq continue. Millions of people are still living as refugees over four years since the Syrian conflict broke out. Thousands are now making perilous journeys to find safety in Europe. Many, including children, have lost their lives along the way.

I travelled to Iraq several months ago to meet with female Syrian refugees. I saw the impact that our work has – delivering hygiene kits and providing counselling and support.
Thanks to your generosity our partners are able to provide vital supplies like food, water, sleeping bags, blankets and hygiene kits to some of the worst affected – in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and in Europe.

Meanwhile Christian Aid is pushing for decisive leadership from the EU to help refugees and bring a lasting solution to end the conflicts in Iraq and Syria.

Once again I approach the end of the year very thankful and grateful for all that I have. I pray for all those who do not have a roof over their heads and who do not live in peace and security.

I am also very thankful for the support we receive from you. We have had a wonderful 70th year, filled with events organized by staff and supporters. Your support, commitment and generosity never falters. Thank you for all that you have done this year and for many years.

I hope that you and your loved ones have a happy Christmas and peaceful New Year.

Rosamond Bennett
Chief Executive Officer, Christian Aid Ireland

 

 

 

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Rosamond Bennett

Rosamond Bennett is Christian Aid Ireland's Chief Executive Officer

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