Write for Rights

At our annual writing event we sent greetings to people around the world who are persecuted, or imprisoned for their beliefs or their innocent actions on behalf of others.

 

Altogether we sent 48 letters and cards, plus a couple of tweets!

 

 

One example of the cases we were dealing with is: 

Sarah and Seán were volunteering as trained rescuers for a search-and-rescue organisation in Lesvos (Greece) in 2018.
Their job was to help spot boats in distress at sea and help refugees. Sarah knew all too well about the dangers of sea crossings, having almost sunk in a dinghy fleeing Syria in 2015.
Instead of being celebrated, Sarah and Seán ended up behind bars – charged with spying, people smuggling and belonging to a criminal organisation. 

‘Humanitarian work isn’t criminal, nor is it heroic… Helping others should be absolutely normal.’ Seán Binder

They spent more than 100 days in prison before being released on bail in December 2018. If found guilty, they could be jailed for 25 years.

You can find out more from  Amnesty International

Open Doors

Open Doors  works in over 60 countries, supplying Bibles, training church leaders, providing practical support and emergency relief, and supporting Christians who suffer for their faith. In the UK and Ireland Open Doors works to raise awareness of global persecution, mobilising prayer, support and action among Christians.  We sent greeting cards to women and families in Nigeria.