Bishop John Arnold reflects on his trip to northern Sri Lanka and describes how CAFOD is helping families affected by conflict to begin life again…
“The camps I saw in Sri Lanka didn’t even have half the latrines they needed, and most families were living in tents.
It was a distressing sight.
Yet people held themselves with a remarkable degree of dignity, even amongst the squalor. The first thing they said to me was, ‘we long to get home’.
We can feel helpless when faced with some of the problems we see around the world.
But when God sent his son, life was not easy. The experience of his birth was as a refugee in a place where his family couldn’t even find the basics of lodging.
From that beginning springs all the hope that Jesus brought us. And I’d like to think, with our help, that people living without a safe home can find a new purpose and a new beginning this Advent.
I’ve been privileged to see what can be achieved by giving to CAFOD. I have been on the front line of what CAFOD does and I’ve seen real change happen in thousands of people’s lives.
CAFOD helps people find safety, make a living, grow crops and build up small businesses within their own communities.
I really enjoy that sense of new beginning with advent and recognising that it is the beginning of the fulfilment of God’s promise.