How do local faith communities respond to populations affected by conflict and displacement. In our second introductory mini blog Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh provides a brief overview of how local faith communities are often the first and longest standing responders to displaced populations.
By Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Southern Responses to Displacement
Local faith communities are often the first responders to communities affected by conflict and displacement, providing food, shelter and other material needs in addition to providing spiritual and pastoral support (Kidwai and Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, 2017). For instance, local communities and local faith-based organizations have been delivering aid and providing spiritual support to Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon (Pacitto and Fiddian-Qasmiyeh 2013; El-Nakib & Ager, 2015.
With around 90% of all refugees living in cities, towns and camps across the global South, and with displacement being increasingly protracted in nature, this also means that refugees live alongside the members…
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