Lent

Sori and two of her children

Lent begins on Valentine’s Day, February 14th.

Is not this the fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice, to untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke.

Isaiah 58:6

For Christians around the world, Lent is a time of reflection, self-examination and thinking of others who are less fortunate than ourselves. We journey, as we think about how we follow the Jesus who calls his disciples to a sacrificial love that leads us to action. Millions of people have been forced from their homes for many reasons, including conflict, natural disasters, drought, and fear. Often remaining within their own countries, they’re largely ignored by the international community and are forced to create a life for their families in unfamiliar surroundings, with little support.

People like Sori. Sori Galgallo lives in Marsabit county, northern Kenya, where approximately 150,000 people are living with the crippling effects of a two-year-long drought. Sori and her six children used to have plenty of meat and milk. The family earned a good living from their 200-strong herd, but drought has meant only 30 are still alive. Now they rely on aid, and the generosity of others.

Thankfully, the family have received cash support and much-needed livestock feed from Christian Aid’s local partner PACIDA. With the money, Sori can buy food, like rice and beans, for her family, and ensure her children stay in school.

During Lent 2018, Christian Aid is asking you to walk with the more than 40 million internally displaced people in the world today. Just £22 could help provide food and school fees for a family like Sori’s.

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