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LWF distributed mosquito nets to more than 12,000 households in two camps in Cox'’s Bazaar refugee camp. The nets will protect especially small children against diseases such as Dengue fever and Malaria. Photo: Bela Wadud/ RDRS/LREP
3 Mar
LWF supports displaced Rohingya in Bangladesh
emergency, emergency response, #withrefugees, Refugees, refugees protection, Displaced Persons, environment, WASH, livelihood, Livelihoods, health care, Water, Hygiene
3 Mar
In October 2017, violence in Myanmar forced over 700,000 Rohingya to flee to neighboring Bangladesh. They found a temporary home in Cox’s Bazaar refugee camp, one of the largest refugee camps...
Swedish Lutheran Sister Karin Johansson. Photo: Richard Orange/Radio Sweden
16 Feb
Faith groups raise voices of refugees and asylum seekers
Public theology, Ecumenical, Interfaith, inter-religious relations, Human Rights, Advocacy, #withrefugees, Refugees, refugees protection, Welcoming the Stranger
16 Feb
Swedish Lutheran Sister Karin Johansson knows just how difficult it is to change the minds of legislators and decision makers responding to the influx of refugees in her native country. For the past...
Students at Mansfield College, Great Britain. Photo: Greg Smolonski © Photovibe
11 Jan
Lutherans in Great Britain support higher education of refugees and migrants
Scholarships, Youth, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Refugees, Education
11 Jan
The Council of Lutheran Churches recently announced a scholarship for a refugee or migrant to Great Britain, giving them an opportunity for higher education at Mansfield College. The Lutheran Church...
An Afghan refugee family in a Greek refugee camp, 2015. Photo: LWF/ J. Schreier
15 Dec
"Blessing and opportunity for Europe”
Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Refugees, Migrants, Children, Protection, Child Protection, refugees protection, Interfaith, faith-based organizations
15 Dec
Two weeks before the Christian world celebrates a God who comes into the world as a refugee child, a two-day conference “From faith to action“, brought together faith-based organizations such as the...
A woman washes her children’s hands in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya. LWF has reinforced hygiene education to prevent a spread of COVID-19 in the camp. Photo: LWF/ P. Omagwa
7 Dec
Kenya: COVID-19 has secondary effects on women and children refugees
16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, refugees protection, Refugees, IDP, internally displaced people, host communities, Gender, Women, sgbv, Education, Gender Justice, Advocacy, Diakonia, COVID19, WS / COVID19
7 Dec
An increased workload for women, more violence against women and children, and neglect of people living with disabilities: these are the main impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on gender for refugees...
Vestina attending to a customer at her mobile money business in Kyangwali refugee settlement. Photo: LWF Uganda
25 Nov
From receiving rations to running a business
Refugees, Livelihoods, livelihood, refugee camp, Women, empowerment, refugees protection
25 Nov
An LWF project in Uganda provides protection, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), and livelihoods assistance. It targets single mothers and women, survivors of gender-based violence, and (foster)...
Mr. Yagya briefs the local community about the LWF COVID-19 response during a handover of medical equipment at the hospital in Morang, Nepal. Photo: LWF Nepal
3 Nov
Strengthen those who have been hit hardest
Livelihoods, COVID19, WS / COVID19, Diakonia, country programs, emergency response, vocational training, IDP, internally displaced people, emergency, Refugees
3 Nov
A choice between contracting a potentially fatal virus and having nothing to eat: The COVID-19 pandemic means many communities LWF serves are faced with impossible choices. While governments...
LWF president Archbishop Panti Filibus Musa visits displaced Rohingya at the Ohn Taw Gyi South IDP camp, Rakhine state, Myanmar, in 2018. Photo: LWF/ Phyo Aung Hein
22 Oct
“Durable and peaceful solutions” needed for displaced Rohingya
Diakonia, Advocacy, IDP, internally displaced people, Rakhine Crisis, Refugees, refugee camp, humanitarian, Protection, refugees protection, Rohingya
22 Oct
The needs of displaced Rohingya need to be addressed in a more sustainable way, says Maria Immonen, director of the LWF humanitarian and development arm, LWF World Service. In her position as Vice-...
ALWS staff visit a community in Jonglei, South Sudan, in January 2020. Photo: ALWS/ Julie Krause
21 Oct
70 years of “bringing love to life”
Diakonia, Livelihoods, quality services, Protection, Refugees, refugees protection, IDP, internally displaced people, Australian Lutheran World Relief, refugee settlements, LWF member churches
21 Oct
The Lutheran World Federation congratulates its related agency, the Australian Lutheran World Service (ALWS), on their 70th anniversary.
Students enjoy the multi-purpose-room at Othman Bin Affan Primary School for Boys in Zarqa. Photos: LWF/ A. Alsamra
16 Oct
Jordan: Giving hope to a “lost generation”
Diakonia, Livelihoods, livelihood, quality services, Protection, Syria, Education, Refugees, conflict, host community
16 Oct
Teacher trainings, school improvement projects, school kits, vocational training and counselling for out-of-school youth - thousands of Syrian and Iraqi refugee students, as well as Jordanian...
Children demonstrate hand washing at Kakuma refugee camp; Kenya. LWF has reinforced hygiene education to prevent a spread of COVID-19 in the camp. Photo: LWF/ P. Omagwa
5 Oct
COVID-19: Responding when social distancing isn’t an option
Diakonia, COVID19, WS / COVID19, emergency, livelihood, Livelihoods, Protection, WASH, Water, #withrefugees, Refugees, IDP, humanitarian
5 Oct
Unparalleled cooperation, resilience and commitment, but also an enormous challenge for field staff and the communities we serve – this is what a global health emergency has meant for humanitarian...
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...