Blankets and saucepans

02 November 2006

BEFORE THE tsunami appeal, the diocese of Bradford had started raising funds to help the Sudanese refugees in Darfur. The initiative came from the Mothers’ Union last August, but it was taken up by the whole diocese, with the aim of raising £30,000, particularly for mothers and babies in the refugee camps. During the past two or three months, they have put together £43,500, despite also giving to the tsunami disaster appeal.

The money for Darfur is being distributed by Wilson Kamani, the relief and development officer of the Anglican Church in Northern Sudan, who is finding the camps he can reach, and where he can help most. It is being spent on plastic sheets to create shelters, mosquito nets, blankets and saucepans — one pan per family. It is very basic help towards starting something that can be called “home” again, while other charities distribute food and water.

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