General André Cox Encourages Salvationists to Stand #WITHREFUGEES
by signing Petition to Stand #WITHREFUGEES
General André Cox is encouraging Salvationists and friends around the world to add their names to a petition organized through the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). The #WithRefugees petition will be delivered to U.N. headquarters in New York in September ahead of the U.N. General Assembly high-level summit to address large movements of refugees and migrants.
The petition calls on governments to:
- Ensure every refugee child gets an education.
- Ensure every refugee family has somewhere safe to live.
- Ensure every refugee can work or learn new skills to make a positive contribution to his or her community.
As of today, more than 65 million people have been forced from their homes, including more than 21 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18.
The Salvation Army works with refugees around the world,
with several programs currently taking place in a number of African countries
and across Europe
General Cox asks Salvationists and people linked to The Salvation Army to sign the petition, explaining: “The Salvation Army’s long-standing approach of ‘Heart to God, Hand to Mankind’ has included providing practical and spiritual assistance but also pressing governments to help the poorest, most vulnerable members of society. The #WithRefugees petition will raise awareness of the difficulties faced by people forced to flee their homelands and, I hope, will lead to governments doing more to provide refugees with a safe home and the opportunity to be integral members of society.”
Sign the #WithRefugees petition at http://sar.my/withrefugees