Orphan Sunday: 11 November 2018
Focus on Unaccompanied Asylum-seeking Children & Youth
From 2015 to 2017, nearly 200,000 unaccompanied and separated children and youth have applied for asylum in Europe. Some have traveled across the continent, while others remain in the country where they first arrived. In many cases, these young people have been without family for months or even years, are living in squalid conditions, are preyed upon by traffickers, smugglers and radical extremists, and exist in a state of limbo – not knowing when or if they will receive asylum or be reunited with family.
Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) coordinates Orphan Sunday each year, and is inviting European churches to focus their Orphan Sunday events around unaccompanied asylum-seeking youth. "The Peace Between" Film features a story of a young man named Raza who began his journey as an unaccompanied youth and found an important friendship in Europe. "The Peace Between" Dialogue Project is providing access to Raza's story along with a Special Discussion Guide to support this focus for Orphan Sunday 2018.
The film segment of Raza's story and Special Discussion Guide are currently only available in English. To host an Orphan Sunday Discussion Event in a different language:
- Access "The Peace Between" film, select your language, and view Raza's story (it is the first story featured in the film).
- Download the full Discussion Guide in your desired language from the Event Materials page. In the Guide you will find the Unaccompanied Minor discussion topic after the General Questions in the section titled, "Istvan and Raza, Hungary".
- On the Orphan Sunday website you can also find materials in Italian, French and German.