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Overseas news in brief

15 July 2010

Agencies call for aid surge for West Africa

A group of aid agencies, including Christian Aid, Tearfund, CAFOD, and Oxfam have called for a “surge” in the effort to help ten million people who are facing acute hunger in the Sahel region of West and Central Africa. The crisis, which is centred on Niger, is the result of a combination of drought, pest infestations, increases in food prices, and other factors. The agencies are urging the UN to appoint a special representative to address the crisis. The Methodist Relief and Development Fund has also launched an appeal.

Nigerian President urged to protect Christians

An organisation that supports persecuted Christians, Release International, has called on the new President of Nigeria to do more to protect Christians in his country, after Islamic militants shot dead seven people, and injured several others, in an attack on a village in the state of Kaduna on 3 July. The chief executive of Release, Andy Dipper, said: “We appeal to President Goodluck Jonathan and his administration to take firm action now to ensure that the military and police carry out their full respons­ibilities and protect Christians properly.” www.releaseinternational.org

Former Christian Aid leader to take new post

the former director of Christian Aid, Dr Daleep Mukarji, has been appointed as the new chairman of Y Care International. Dr Mukarji, who led Christian Aid for 12 years, was named one of the 100 most influential Asians in Britain in 2005, and received an OBE in 2008.

Savannah church cannot keep property

The Court of Appeal in Georgia has upheld a court ruling that the property and assets of an Episcopal church that has aligned itself with an African province belong to the Episcopal diocese of Georgia. Members

of Christ Church, Savannah, refused to leave the building and give up control of church assets after joining the Anglican Province of Uganda in September 2007.

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