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2013 Media releases

For all media enquiries, please contact Karen McGrath, Media & Communications Coordinator, on 02 8259 0827 or kmcgrath@actforpeace.org.au.

16 December 2013 Brisbane events give hope to girls in Afghanistan this Christmas
Brisbane locals along with Senator Claire Moore, Mayor Paul Pisasale of Ipswic City Council and Sonia Caton, Chair of the Refugee Council of Australia, have rallied together this Christmas season, raising vital funds to educate girls in Afghanistan.
 
With the imminent withdrawal of Australian troops from Afghanistan, serious questions need to be asked about the future of the war torn country. Act for Peace, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia, works in Afghanistan and other conflict affected countries around the world and argues that grassroots education is vital, specifically girls’ education, to realize the goal of a secure and prosperous Afghanistan.
 
Typhoon Haiyan is one of the worst recorded typhoons in history. An estimated of 9.8 million people from 36 provinces of the Philippines are affected. Act for Peace has interviewees available on the ground in the Philippines to answer questions regarding the impact and devastation first hand, response and relief, as well as a humanitarian perspective on the Philippines disaster.
 
Act for Peace, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia, with local partners in the Philippines, is providing urgent emergency assistance to those devastated by the disaster. The devastation has been described as unimaginable by Act for Peace partners on the ground leaving the most vulnerable communities without essential services. We are asking for the support of the Australian community in providing assistance to the most vulnerable communities in the Philippines.
 
Act for Peace is currently working on the ground in Jordan, supporting refugee populations in the Za’atari refugee camp and providing assistance to urban refugees in Amman. Act for Peace is one of the beneficiaries of the upcoming ABC Syria Crisis Appeal. The 3 hour radio special will be on air on October 20th from 12pm-3pm on ABC local radio, 2pm-3pm on Radio National programs and on the morning breakfast show on Triple J on October 22nd.
 
United Nations negotiations to agree on an Arms Trade Treaty, starting today, could result in fewer deaths from armed violence and stop the flow of arms that fuel conflicts in countries like Syria, according to Act for Peace, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia.

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