Aid worker to give charity talk about refugees’ experience in Middle East

PUBLISHED: 16:27 05 December 2018 | UPDATED: 16:27 05 December 2018

All Saints church, Datchworth

All Saints church, Datchworth

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An aid worker who has seen the human consequences of conflict in Lebanon will give a talk at a Welwyn Hatfield church tonight.

The struggles of Palestinian and Syrian families seeking sanctuary in refugee camps in Lebanon will be brought to life in Datchworth this December with the visit of a Lebanese aid worker.

Zeina Zakar, an emergency programme officer for a Christian Aid partner organisation, will be guest speaker at Datchworth Church Hall in Datchworth tonight (December 5) with doors opening at 6.30pm for a 7.00 pm start.

Zeina will speak about her work helping restore peace to people who have experienced war and conflict.

Many are Palestinian families who fled to Syria only to be uprooted again by the fighting there, and forced across the border into Lebanon, where they have few rights or access to services.

Her organisation, Association Najdeh, helps women in the camps to develop skills so they can earn a living, and works with children to help them process the trauma they have experienced.

The talk is part of a Christian Aid fundraising appeal, ‘Be a Peacemaker’, which highlights families affected by conflict worldwide.

Reverend Susannah Underwood of All Saints Church said: “When we watch the news or read the papers, it can feel like peace is an impossible prospect. But the truth is, as Zeina shows, we can all help build peace for ourselves and for other people, whether they live down the road or across the world.

“As a group, we are pledging to create peace this Christmas and hope that other people will join us at our ‘Evening with Zeina’ as we stand together with peacemakers in other countries. We really value the generous support we’ve received in the past from people across the area and hope we can all come together to make a real difference this Christmas.

Donations can be made during the evening.

For information call 07807 180071 or email AWhalley@christian-aid.org

To donate to the Christian Aid appeal visit: www.caid.org.uk/christmas-appeal

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