Welcome to our new-look Christian Aid Magazine, published to keep you, our valued supporters, fully informed about the work we do around the world on your behalf.
Several thousand of you responded to a survey last year to tell us what you would like to see in the magazine – and this is the result!
A broader range of articles highlight the reach of the Christian Aid family, while new features such as book reviews, recipes and a crossword lighten the mix. A local supplement accompanies this issue of the magazine, with up-to-date news about activities and events in your area.
Our cover story examines the lethal impact a small but fanatical band of rebels, the Lord’s Resistance Army, has had on the people of Acholiland in northern Uganda. It is a harrowing read – but it is there for a reason. Christian Aid Week this year will look at our work in countries affected by armed conflict and the theme is reflected throughout this issue.
We are present in more than a dozen countries where conflict is a significant driver of poverty. Our work ranges from providing, through our partners, life-saving emergency supplies to people fleeing violence, to building peace through advocacy and dialogue, to helping communities get back on their feet after the tide of war has passed.
In post-conflict situations, we also try to ensure that the voices of those who have suffered are heard, in the interests of a just and lasting peace.
Such work, I am sure you will agree, merits the kind of sustained effort that your support allows us to make. Thank you for all that you do for Christian Aid.