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The World Council of Churches joins global call to protect refugees
The World Council of Churches have signed a statement released by the UN Refugee Agency, declaring their continued commitment to protect refugees from violence and discrimination.
Entitled "Faith Actors call for Global Solidarity", the letter signed by over 25 faith-based actors, acknowledges the vulnerabilities of displaced families and the role of faith communities to promote peace and provide places of sanctuary for those facing persecution.
The statement reads: "The diversity of origins and traditions which make humanity unique are being targeted by intolerance, sometimes by brutal violence, and refugees are often on the front line of this assault.
"Based on their religious teachings, as well as on the experience that some of their communities have of being targeted themselves, faith-based actors seek to address xenophobia as one of their special responsibilities."
Figures from the UN have shown that the number of refugees forcibly displaced from their homes has risen to over 70 million.
Tearfund, World Evangelical Alliance and Christian Aid where among those that also signed the solidarity declaration.
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