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This Christian Aid Week we will be focusing on stories of our ongoing work supporting people who have been forced to leave their homes as a result of conflict or disaster.

On Friday 11 - Saturday 12 May we will host the second Solidarity Sleep-Out in Buoy Park*, Belfast City Centre.


We challenge you to spend just one night under canvas with basic provisions to show your solidarity and raise money to help those who are forced to leave their homes, and sleep in tents or other temporary accommodation every night.

According to the UN, there were 65.6 million people forcibly displaced worldwide by the end of 2016. 22.5 million are refugees,

2.8 million are seeking asylum and 40.3 million are internally displaced people (IDPs).

IDPs are people who have been forced to flee their homes, but since they have not crossed an international border, do not have the right to claim asylum and to be recognised as refugees. This means they do not receive the same protections and rights as refugees.

Watch this video about our work with a displaced community in Colombia:

Take part

Register to join us by completing and returning this application form along with your £20 registration fee and if you wish an additional optional donation.

On the day, you will need to provide your own tent and join us in Buoy Park*, Belfast.

The event will begin at 12pm on Friday 11 May and end at 12pm Saturday 12 May, however, we understand that some participants may need to join us later on the Friday due to work commitments.

For more information please contact Dave Thomas:

Watch and share

Watch Katie describe her experience of the Solidarity Sleep-Out 2017


*We are in the process of requesting Council permission for the use of the park, so details may be subject to change.