Finding a European Quaker voice for the moment

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This year has been dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic. We mourn the significant loss of life that that has resulted from the pandemic, as well as the separation, loneliness and other consequences it has had. The lockdowns and social distancing required to control the spread of the virus are having significant economic consequences, forcing radical shifts Continue reading

Why compassion must be at the heart of our response to Channel crossings

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Over the last few months, hundreds of fragile and overloaded boats have made the perilous Channel crossing in search of a refuge. For many of the men, women and children on board, this is the last leg of a dangerous journey that has taken them months or even years… The government has described these arrivals as “invaders” as if they came to fight a war rather than to find refuge. The response chosen was a military one, READ MORE….

25th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide: Quaker reconciliation work

Sizeli Marcellin lost 95 members of his family in the Rwandan genocide that took place between April and July 1994. After the killings stopped, Sizeli became a peacebuilder. Today, he’s a member of “Turning the Tide” , a  campaign for nonviolence, supported by British Quakers . Listen to his extraordinary story and that of other Rwandans here: https://soundcloud.com/qpsw-east-africa/sizeli-marcellin
See also: Quaker Peace and Social Witness on Twitter.

Paris, 1942: An Extraordinary Witness to the Deportation of Jews

A new book by Frédéric Anquetil tells the story of Annette Monod Leiris, a Quaker who was practically the only person able to help the thousands of Jews who were rounded up by the French Vichy authorities in July 1942, and detained in horrific conditions in a Parisian cycling stadium before being deported to the death camps.

Annette, whose role during the infamous “Vél d’Hiv” round-up is also shown in the 2010 French film “La Rafle“, went on after the war to work tirelessly for prisoners, and also helped set up the Association of Christians for the Abolition of Torture, or ACAT, which is still going strong today.

Frédéric Anquetil will be at the International Quaker Centre in Paris at 2:00 pm on Sunday, February 3, 2019 to give a talk about his book, “L’ange du Vél d’Hiv” (The Angel of the Vel d’Hiv round-up).

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