At Christians on the Left we feel it is important to share wider news items and articles that help us to keep looking outwards and informed about what is happening in the world. Our friends at 'All We Can' have sent us a very timely article highlighting the East Africa food crisis.
A critical point in history: East Africa food crisis
By Laura Cook, Communications Manager for All We Can.
“I don’t have food. Maybe tomorrow I will die. Only God knows.” – Amir, South Sudan.
18 year-old Amir cultivated her small plot of land, but the crops were destroyed by a flood and she had no other form of income. She came to a health clinic run by All We Can’s humanitarian aid partner in Bahr el Ghazal, South Sudan, with her severely malnourished baby daughter Achol. Achol is one of the fortunate ones, she reached help in time. She was treated with Plumpy’Nut, a nutrient-rich peanut-based paste that helped her gain weight and receive enough nutrients to survive.
Many thousands more, just like Achol, are literally starving to death because of the lack of access to food. Critical levels of malnutrition and a severe malaria outbreak are putting thousands of lives in jeopardy. Babies, children under the age of five and pregnant and breast-feeding mothers are most at risk.
CotL member Caroline Walsh gives her thoughts on the Guardian article 'Disabled people are to be warehoused, we should be livid' stating 'I want to live in my community and play an active role. Not in an institution.'
I genuinely try and live in expectant hope and entrust in God.
However, I have been shaken since 2010, and most especially in the last year with the Brexit Vote and the election of a World Leader who opening mocks the disabled (and denies it). A leader who has potentially such a negative impact on disabled rights through his international influence that I regularly have visions of Dickensian London and poor houses (and those are the less dark visions I have).
So, reading this: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/ has done nothing to lighten the mood, quash the fear or fill me with expectant hope. Quite the opposite.
By Matthew Judson
This weekend, millions of people across Britain will come to a stand-still in remembrance of soldiers from our country who died fighting on our behalf. Every year, it is a powerful and emotionally charged moment, and it is right that we remember. However, it is also a sobering time of year because of the many uncomfortable questions it raises about national identity, patriotism, and how to respond to modern-day wars.
In 2009 a Christian woman in Pakistan was accused of blasphemy after getting into an argument with fellow farm workers. As a result she has been on death row for six years, separated from her husband and young children, unsure whether her appeal will succeed in court or whether ultimately she will be executed. And even if she is cleared on appeal she may still be vulnerable to extrajudicial killing. There is a price on her head and her family are in hiding.
Open Doors is delighted to be partnering with Christians on the Left at the Labour Party Conference this year. We’ll be sharing our new seven-year global campaign, Hope for the Middle East, which serves to equip people to support, pray and advocate for Christians and other minorities in Syria and Iraq.
The Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s victory in the Republican primaries are harbingers of a tectonic shift in Western politics.
Mainstream parties have converged in the centre while anti-establishment parties tend to combine a far-right stance on questions of identity and immigration with left-wing statism on welfare and the economy. This reordering of politics cannot be mapped according to the old opposition of left versus right because both are part of the same liberal logic that is now in question.
On Tuesday 6 September, Christians on the Left co-hosted an event 'Faith and the Future of the Labour Party', bringing together representatives from faith communities supporting Labour as well as leadership candidates Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith. The following text is a transcript of the speech made by Njoki Mahiaini, a committed member of our executive and our speaker on stage. See her introducing the live stream of the event here.
Ali's work with the youth of her church has given her an insight into the rise of political engagement in teenagers during and since EU Referendum. She hopes this is a trend that will long continue - but how can we best maintain their interest after the Brexit fall-out dies down?