You are invited by CAFOD to meet Fabian Hamilton MP for Leeds North East in the church hall of The Immaculate Heart of Mary, 294 Harrogate Rd, Moortown, LS17 6LE, on Tuesday 3rd June at 7.30pm. Fabian has kindly agreed to meet CAFOD supporters to share his experience from a recent trip monitoring the impact of humanitarian relief on behalf of the International Development Committee. He has witnessed the effects of the conflict in Syria and the impact of agencies, such as CAFOD.
The conflict in Syria has entered its fourth year and the humanitarian situation remains catastrophic. 6.5 million people have been forced from their homes within Syria, while a further 2.5 million have fled to neighbouring countries as refugees. Within Syria, 9.9 million people – approximately half the country’s population – are facing severe food shortages, and the lack of healthcare, particularly for chronic diseases, continues to exacerbate the crisis. It remains extremely difficult for aid agencies to access some of the worst-hit parts of the country.
The response of the Catholic community in England and Wales has been overwhelming. CAFOD has received donations for over £2.5 million, enabling food, water, shelter and emergency supplies to be delivered to thousands of families in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq.
This is your opportunity to hear firsthand the experience of a local Member of Parliament and his experience of the role of agencies, such as CAFOD, in supporting people whose lives have been affected by the conflict. There will also be an opportunity to ask Fabian Hamilton questions regarding his visit after his talk.
Contact the CAFOD Leeds Office for more details on 0113 275 9302.