On Wednesday 22nd February local Member of Parliament, David Burrowes, asked the Secretary of State for International Development to address the ‘double persecution’ of Christians in refugee camps. He highlighted the fact that many Christians face jeopardy by both avoiding camps for fear of religious persecution and suffering religious persecution in the camps.
He said: ‘Can the Secretary of State assure me that our aid is reaching Christian refugees who face jeopardy because, sometimes, they avoid the official camps for fear of persecution? Those who end up in those camps face further persecution because of their faith’.
The Secretary of State assured Mr Burrowes that the Government are alert to this issue. She said: ‘The situation in Syria is devastating and appalling. The UN estimates that 13.5 million Syrians are in need of humanitarian assistance, and 1.5 million are living in siege-like conditions. There are 4.9 million refugees in the region. The UK, as my hon. Friend will know, has been at the forefront of the international effort in providing support to the region and to Syria directly’.
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