82,4 MILLION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE ARE FORCIBLY DISPLACED
Each number is a life, a story of loss, trauma, and suffering
As we entered 2021, the number of forcibly displaced people due to persecution, conflict, violence, and human rights violations was the highest on record (according to UNHCR data).
Africa saw the highest increase of internally displaced, and Syria remains the country from which the greatest number of people has been forced to flee.
THIS CHRISTMAS WE CAN GIVE HOPE TO OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS
“As a child I became a refugee, just like the Child Jesus, who also had to flee together with his dad and his mum”.
“It was during Sunday Mass. The jihadists entered the church with guns, surrounding us. They killed the priest and five parishioners right in front of our eyes.”
“It was from here, from Syria, Palestine, Jordan and what is today Israel, that the first Christians came”, explains Fr. Hugo Alaniz, an Argentinian missionary priest of the Institute of the Word Incarnate who has been living in the Middle East for 26 years.
“I believe that it is an obligation for us, as a Church, to help the Christians of the Middle East. Not only because of the fact that this is the Holy Land, but because it is thanks to them that we came to know the Gospel message… Our appeal to the benefactors of ACN is ‘please don’t forget us, please don’t forget our communities here who still need outside help’… Whatever you can continue contributing will have great significance, especially for these people, who have lost everything, who continue to be in great need, who need your help”.
LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR PROJECTS FOR THIS CHRISTMAS
Founded in 1947 as a Catholic aid organisation for war refugees and recognised as a Pontifical Foundation since 2011, Aid to the Church in Need is dedicated to the service of Christians around the world, through information, prayer and action, wherever they are persecuted, oppressed or suffering material need.