Irish charity Trocaire hasurged Derry people to help support its Christmas appeal for Syrian refugees and others during this festive season.
In a striking awareness campaign, the aid agency has displayed the tiny, worn shoes of refugee children from Syria who have travelled over 2,000 kms before reaching Trocaire-funded aid in Serbia.
Roisin O’Hara from Glack in County Derry, and works for Trocaire, said: “These tiny toddlers’ shoes represent the tragic and shameful abandonment of innocent children to the Syrian war. This winter, weary children, like those who filled these shoes, will travel through Europe in the freezing cold, not knowing where or when they will finally find refuge.”
Trocaire’s Christmas gift appeal is asking local to join the fight for justice by purchasing its ethical gifts for loved ones, which in turn will make a major difference to the lives of others this season.
Trocaire is working in Syria and Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon, providing food, shelter, clean water and other basic needs and has reached over 93,000 Syrian refugees to date.
Trocaire’s other ethical Christmas gifts range in price from £4 to £200 and include olive trees for Palestinian farmers (£4), chickens for poor families in Kenya (£5), seeds and tools to help people affected by the Ebola crisis (£10), school kits for children in Somalia (£20), goats for families in the Democratic Republic of Congo (£40), support for refugees fleeing conflict in the Middle East (£55), support for grandparents caring for orphaned grandchildren (£75), safe motherhood (£85), water for drinking and growing food (£125), land for families in Myanmar, Honduras and Guatemala (£170) and support for women in business in Ethiopia (£200).
The gifts can be bought online at trocaire.org; by calling 0800 912 1200; and at the local Veritas store and some Easons stores.