Why are we walking?
Every human being is a child of God, created in God’s image, and deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. Yet, in a global crisis, we are seeing the highest numbers of displaced people on record. Every minute, 20 people are forced to flee war, persecution, natural disaster or poverty. Often, they leave home with nothing, endure terrible conditions on their journey and are denied the protection and support they need in their chosen place of refuge.

By joining the Share the Journey campaign launched by Pope Francis, our school wants to demonstrate its solidarity with our global neighbours. Our commitment to walk the world will show world leaders meeting for crucial discussions in September how much it matters to all of us that refugees and migrants are treated with dignity and respect. The children walked through the streets of Birtley and then congregated on our school field for a short liturgy and prayers.

Below is a copy of our letter to Theresa May, our Prime Minister and photographs from our walk…

Dear Prime Minister,
War, persecution, natural disasters and poverty force millions of people from their homes. Most come from poor countries, and seek safety in other poor countries nearby. Please work with other world leaders to ensure the global compacts (agreements) on migration and refugees will:
• respect human dignity
• protect the vulnerable
• support host countries
• keep families together
• tackle the reasons why people migrate.
Yours sincerely,

St Joseph’s Catholic Junior School.

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