Stephen this week attended a Christian Aid Big Brekkie event in Parliament, to show his support for Christian Aid Week (13-19 May, caweek.org). This year Christian Aid Week is encouraging the British public to stand together with the millions of displaced people who have been forced to leave their homes around the world.
Ahead of Christian Aid Week, Stephen attended the event in Parliament to find out about activities and events taking place during the charity’s annual fundraising week in East Ham. Last year, £2053 was raised in East Ham during Christian Aid Week.
Today, more than 40 million people are internally displaced by conflict, accounting for approximately two thirds of those who find themselves forced from their homes. A further 24 million were displaced by disasters in 2016 alone. Yet, because they haven’t crossed a border, the general public rarely hear about them.
Despite the huge number of people affected, situations of internal displacement receive almost no political attention, funding or support.
Speaking afterwards, Stephen said: "I was pleased to meet with Christian Aid this week, to hear about the great work that is being done in East Ham and across the country to help people around the world who have been forced from their homes. For millions of people across the globe, Christian Aid's work provides vital support. I encourage my constituents to get involved in Christian Aid Week events in East Ham where they can."
Simon Kirkland, Christian Aid's UK Parliamentary and Political Adviser, said: "We are very grateful for Stephen Timms’s support for Christian Aid's important fundraising events in East Ham. Everyone can do something to help this Christian Aid Week, whether it's attending a local event, giving money or praying for the world's many displaced people at this difficult time. Thank you to everyone who is able to take part in this year's Christian Aid Week."