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2014 Media releases

For all media enquiries, please contact Jess Xavier, Media & Communications Coordinator, on 02 8259 0832 or jxavier@actforpeace.org.au.

We, the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA), the NSW Ecumenical Council (NSWEC) and Act for Peace the international aid agency of the NCCA are deeply saddened by the trauma, suffering and loss of life resulting from the Martin Place siege of December 15-­‐16, 2014, in Sydney.
The suspension of food assistance to 1.7 million Syrian refugees announced overnight by the UN World Food Programme is a result of a funding crisis. Executive Director of international aid agency Act for Peace, Alistair Gee, says that the Australian government is amongst the worst offenders and is looking to cut the Australian aid budget even further.
International aid agency, Act for Peace, experiences at working in conflict areas around the world, celebrates a historic moment as the 50th ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty triggers a 90‐day countdown for the treaty to enter into force – and become international law. Act for Peace comments that the ATT will help control the trade of dangerous arms around the world and allow for investigation into the supply of arms including to Islamic State (IS) fighters.
`Genocide’ is how Bishop Daoud Nikdomios a Syrian Orthodox Bishop from Mosul described what has happened to the Christian people in Mosul, an Ancient City of the faithful people, near Nineveh, from the Apostolic times for nearly 2000 years.
International humanitarian and development organisation ACT Alliance has condemned the attacks on civilians and called on the international community to act immediately to stop the escalating violence between Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory.
In response to reports of two boatloads of Sri Lankan Asylum seekers, 300km off Christmas Island, International refugee expert, James Thomson demands help for Sri Lankan asylum seekers who have fled Sri Lanka.
The long awaited Geneva II peace talks, to be held tomorrow, are Syria’s best opportunity to agree on a ceasefire, according to Act for Peace - the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia. Act for Peace is involved in programs assisting half a million Syrians displaced by the conflict both within the country and in neighbouring Jordan and Lebanon and reiterates that the international community has a responsibility to the people of Syria.
10 January 2014 Tonga prepares for the worst, Cyclone Ian imminent: Interview available on the ground and in Australia
Severe Tropical Cyclone Ian is heading for the northern islands of Tonga as residents prepare for the worst. Winds are expected to reach over 170kmp/h with gusts of up to 230kmp/h. The Cyclone has the chance of being upgraded to a category 5, which may lead to widespread damage and affect the residents of Tonga’s northern islands.

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