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Ayuba Tada, a Nigerian refugee, serves his second year as a nursery gardener in one of 20 so-called 'green spaces' in and around the Minawao camp for Nigerian refugees. A five-year planting and harvest cycle of trees ensures wood to be used as firewood, vines for building of roofs, and a step in alleviating environmental impact in and around Minawao. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
14 Sep
Cameroon: Protect environment, create employment
Season of Creation, Diakonia, Climate, Livelihoods, livelihood, Women, women and girls, Refugees, Protection, Nigeria
14 Sep
The LWF has transformed a region around the Minawao refugee camp in the far North of Cameroon from a dusty desert to a young forest. At the same time, the LWF project improved the relationship...
The LWF team in Northern Iraq distributed food aid to vulnerable families in Summel District in Dohuk Governorate. To respond to #COVID19, the government has issued movement restrictions and other measures which impact on the livelihood of many families. Photo: LWF Iraq
19 Aug
World Humanitarian Day: maintaining hope, in times of crisis
Global event, Diakonia, humanitarian, refugee, Refugees, Staff, LWF staff, health, Protection, World Humanitarian Day
19 Aug
Maria Immonen, director of the LWF humanitarian agency, World Service, is very open about the effects COVID-19 had on the almost 9,000 LWF aid workers, in some of the biggest humanitarian operations...
The LWF is adding its voice to a statement calling for an end to the decade-long conflict in Syria and support for all those displaced by the violence Photo: LWF/R. Schlott
25 Jun
LWF joins call to conference on ending Syria conflict
Interfaith, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Women, #withrefugees, refugee, Refugees, Za'atari Refugee Camp
25 Jun
The LWF has signed onto a statement from the ACT Alliance on behalf of its members in Syria and the surrounding countries. The statement is calling for a “transformative conference” to support just...
In this Voices from the Communion, Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria talks about the global refugee crisis, a protestant search-and-rescue mission and the biblical roots of welcoming the stranger.
19 Jun
Germany: Advocate for the rights of refugees
Voices from the Communion, COVID19, #withrefugees, World Refugee Day, Communion Building, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Refugees, Advocacy
19 Jun
In this Voices from the Communion, Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria talks about the global refugee crisis, a protestant search-and-rescue mission and the...
A group of Oromo internally displaced people (IDP) move through the Burka Dare IDP site in Ethiopia. Photo: LWF/ Albin Hillert
18 Jun
World Refugee Day: Every Action Counts
World Refugee Day, #withrefugees, Global event, Diakonia, Advocacy, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Refugees, refugee camp, IDP
18 Jun
Churches and faith communities need to actively support refugees. Every action counts. This is the call of Lutheran church leaders worldwide on World Refugee Day.
The two annual reports are available for download as resources on the LWF website. Montage: LWF/ S. Gallay
3 Jun
Annual Reports highlight humanitarian, development, and advocacy work
Annual Report/Report, World Service, rights-based approach, Diakonia, Women, Advocacy, Refugees, internally displaced people, IDP, Human Rights, UPR, Children's rights, child rights, humanitarian
3 Jun
The LWF has issued two annual reports highlighting its humanitarian, development and advocacy work in 2019. They complement the global LWF Annual Report 2019, which was issued in early May.
The Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Murye, Bishop of the Diocese of Kajo – Keji, South Sudan, talks to South Sudanese refugees in Uganda during in a road drive campaign with LWF. These road drives are used to sensitize refugees on COVID – 19 in the camps and settlements, to avoid mass gatherings. Photo: K. Logi / LWF
18 May
Lutherans and Anglicans join hands to support South Sudanese refugees
WS / COVID19, Uganda, South Sudan, Anglican, Refugees, Adjumani, Moyo, conflict, refugee settlements, refugee camp, coronavirus, #withrefugees
18 May
The diocese of Kajo-Keji of the episcopal church in South Sudan and the LWF country program in Uganda are exploring joint work across the border, to support South Sudanese refugees in Uganda. The...
Displaced Rohingya living in Ohn Taw Gyi (South) camp, Rakhine/ Myanmar. Photos: LWF/ I. Htun
22 Apr
Extreme concern after deadly attack on health care workers in Myanmar
coronavirus, Protection, country programs, emergency response, humanitarian, Refugees, IDP, internally displaced people, security, WS / COVID19
22 Apr
The LWF together with 15 aid organizations has expressed “shock and sadness” upon receiving the news of a fatal shooting incident involving a vehicle of the World Health Organization (WHO) carrying...
UN Secretary-General António Guterres during a briefing on COVID-19 at WHO headquarters in Geneva. 24 February 2020. UN Photo / Jean Marc Ferré
25 Mar
COVID-19: LWF joins global UN appeal to help the most vulnerable
COVID19, WASH, coronavirus, emergency, country programs, Children, Protection, Child Protection, refugees protection, Refugees, donate
25 Mar
The LWF together with other organizations is joining the global appeal of the United Nations (UN) for donations to respond to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The UN is calling for 2...
At the river nearby the Burka Dare site for Internally Displaced People in Oromia, Ethiopia. The Lutheran World Federation supports internally displaced people in several regions of Ethiopia, through water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
18 Mar
COVID-19: LWF World Service calls for donations
COVID19, coronavirus, humanitarian support, Diakonia, Refugees, emergency, World Service, WASH, Protection, WS / COVID19
18 Mar
In light of the worldwide Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, the LWF humanitarian arm World Service is calling for donations to mitigate the effects in the communities it serves, and to protect...
Seeking asylum is a human right, Lutheran and Catholic bishops in the Nordic countries insist and EU member States have both a legal commitment and a moral obligation to support people escaping from oppression and persecution. In the image, Oreokastro refugee camp outside of Thessaloniki, Greece. Photo: Håvard Bjelland/Kirkens Nødhjelp
11 Mar
Lutheran and Catholic leaders call on EU to support refugees
Ecumenical, refugees protection, Human Rights, Refugees, church, LWF member churches, ecumenical relations, coronavirus
11 Mar
Lutheran and Catholic bishops in the Nordic countries have issued an unprecedented joint statement urging Europe’s leaders to act responsibly towards refugees fleeing from violence and conflict...
LWF General Secretary says he is “distressed” by the “unsettling scenes at the Turkey-EU borders, particularly in Greece, where people from Syria and from other parts of the world are being treated inhumanely and are left in an unbearable limbo. Photo: Klara Tarr/ELCH
10 Mar
Recalling Europe’s responsibility to protect refugees
refugees protection, Human Rights, Refugees, #withrefugees
10 Mar
LWF leader, Rev. Dr Martin Junge, has written to European Union heads of state reminding them of their responsibilities under the Geneva Refugee Convention.
Girls in primary school in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya. LWF is working to protect their right to education and a childhood without violence. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
12 Feb
A network to stop early marriage
Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Women, Refugees, refugee camp, girls, women and girls, Child Protection, gender-based violence, sgbv, Education
12 Feb
Zawadi was a hard-working student in primary grade 7 when her family tried to arrange a wedding against her will. Not an uncommon occurrence, says Kapis Okeya, LWF protection officer in Kakuma. “LWF...
Fadinatou Amadou Tukur (left) and Tanga Moktar (right) run a small poultry farm in the Gado refugee camp, Cameroon. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
6 Feb
Africa’s forgotten crises: Strengthening regional cooperation and advocacy
Africa, Refugees, Climate Change, civil war, IDP, Angola, Burundi, CAR, Cameroon, Chad, UNOCHA, refugee camp
6 Feb
LWF Vice president: “The Lutheran family will not forget”
A cooperative of South Sudanese women in Njumanzi refugee settlement, Northern Uganda. LWF gave them goats to start a livelihood activity. Photo: LWF/C. Kästner
29 Jan
LWF prepares South Sudanese refugees for return home
Refugees, refugee camp, empowerment, Women, Advocacy, Education, WASH, #withrefugees
29 Jan
In an interview with Lutheran World Information, Girma Gudina, LWF Country Representative in South Sudan, talks about the challenges of re-integrating returnees into their former communities, and of...
Maria Immonen, director of LWF World Service. Photo: LWF/C.Kästner
23 Jan
World Service director to co-chair Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response
humanitarian, humanitarian support, #withrefugees, refugee, Refugees, Caritas Internationalis, emergency operation, emergency response, emergency
23 Jan
The LWF department for World Service, Maria Immonen, has been appointed vice-chair of the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response.
Bishop Deborah Hutterer of the Grand Canyon Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. In this Voices from the Communion interview, she talks about the church’s ministry of serving migrants, changing populist rhetoric, and being open to change. Photo: LWF/A.Weyermülle
20 Dec
God’s gifts to care for our neighbor
Youth, Diakonia, Advocacy, Migrants, Refugees, refugees protection, Member Churches, Communion Building, Voices from the Communion, #withrefugees
20 Dec
In this interview with Lutheran World Information Rev. Deborah Hutterer, Bishop of the Grand Canyon Synod in the United States, talks about this ministry, changing populist rhetoric, and being open...
Refugees at Nadapal transit centre close to the South Sudanese border. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
18 Dec
Refugees living in Kenya speak up at UN
Refugees, UPR, United Nations, UNHCR, Human Rights, Diakonia, Advocacy, #withrefugees
18 Dec
Let refugees speak for themselves on the policy level – with this message an LWF delegation of refugees and civil society attended the pre-session of the UPR for human rights in Kenya.
 Rev. Dr Sivin Kit, LWF Program Executive for Public Theology and Interreligious Relations speaking at a Global Refugee Forum side event on scaling up a culture of encounter with people seeking refuge, held in Geneva. Photo:: LWF/A. Danielsson
17 Dec
Faith-based action for people on the move
Theology, Refugees, #withrefugees, Advocacy, Ecumenical, Interfaith, Diakonia, Youth, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Caritas Internationalis, Pope Francis, Pope, UNHCR
17 Dec
Together with many partners, the LWF is bringing the voice of faith-based organizations to the Global Refugee Forum, organized by UNHCR from 16-18 December in Geneva, Switzerland.
Finnish Archbishop Tapio Luoma . Photo: LWF/ S. Gallay
25 Oct
Finnish church: an integral part of society
Voices from the Communion, Advocacy, Migrants, Human Rights, Refugees, refugees protection, Identity, Christianity
25 Oct
Tapio Luoma elected Archbishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Finland a year ago, speaks about his churches’ work with refugees and migrants, dealing with populism, and staying relevant in a...
Refugees wait their turn, at a distribution of non-food items in Minawao. The Minawao camp for Nigerian refugees, located in the Far North region of Cameroon, hosts some 58,000 refugees from North East Nigeria. The refugees are supported by the Lutheran World Federation, together with a range of partners. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
20 Jun
Faith actors call for Global Solidarity with Refugees
Department for World Service, Ebola, LWF Uganda, DRC, Risk Management, Refugees, #withrefugees, refugee, Human Rights, World Refugee Day, peace building, Peace, Protection, refugees protection, xenophobia
20 Jun
The diversity of origins and traditions which make humanity unique are being targeted by intolerance, sometimes by brutal violence, and refugees are often on the front line of this assault...
LWF Council members follow discussion on the protection of biodiversity.  The report was presented by the Committee for Advocacy and Public Voice chairperson, Ms Vera Tkach, Federation of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Russia and Other States. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
19 Jun
Call to act on climate-related crises, religious and political injustice
Council 2019, council, resolution, Advocacy, Violence, LWF President, Climate Changel, security, Migration, Refugees, Palestine, United States, Member Churches, Youth
19 Jun
The LWF Council concluded its 2019 meeting with public statements and resolutions on crises related to climate change, the Israeli-Palestinian situation, the legacy of slavery and religious...
Paul Sunday Odriga teaches students at at Duba Functional Adult Learning Centre in Adjumani district. Photos: LCCN
28 Sep
Supporting adult literacy in Uganda
Education, Uganda, Refugees, adults literacy, SDG, Poverty, livelihood, EU
28 Sep
LWF provides education and cash grants to refugees and hosts