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24 Jun 2002 description

CWS Executive Director John L. McCullough is leading a nine-member delegation to West Africa in July 2002. "The councils of churches pressed their countries' presidents to meet together twice in the past 18 months to address the urgent issues facing their countries," says McCullough.

17 Jun 2002 description

CWS is assisting the Council of Churches in Sierra Leone (CCSL) in the re-integration program for ex-combatants in Sierra Leone's devastating ten-year civil war through an agricultural support initiative. One thousand farm families in three chiefdoms in Bombali district - including 300 demobilized fighters and 700 host farm families - are receiving hoes, machetes, shovels, and buckets, along with seeds and cuttings for planting rice, groundnuts, cassava, and potatoes, and the fertilizers to help them grow.

03 Jun 2002 description

June 3, 2002, NEW YORK CITY - International humanitarian agency Church World Service Executive Director John L. McCullough will lead a nine-member delegation to West Africa in July, responding to a call for help from churches in the region that have reached out to each other across national borders to work for peace.

25 Mar 2002 description

For more than a decade, the people of once peaceful Sierra Leone suffered through a brutal civil war, which uprooted as many as two million people, many of them children. While Sierra Leone has been largely peaceful for the past year and presidential elections are scheduled for May, recovery from the devastation of war is just beginning.

18 Mar 2002 description

CHURCH WORLD SERVICE
EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROGRAM
Appeal Number: 6445

14 Jan 2002 description

Responding to long-term emergency needs, CWS has provided $148,130 in blankets, "Gift of the Heart" School, Health, and Baby Kits to long-time partner, the Council of Churches in Sierra Leone.

26 Nov 2001 description

Though conflict continues to disrupt lives in many parts of the region -- including the border areas between Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea -- some communities in Sierra Leone are attempting a recovery. Almost eight years of civil conflict has destroyed the economic, social, and physical infrastructure of the country, and uprooted tens of thousands of people from their homes. Earlier this year, CWS provided food, shelter, water and sanitation facility improvements, and trauma counseling to refugees from Sierra Leone and Liberia who fled to Guinea.

14 May 2001 description

Three conflicts - in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea - have trapped more than half a million people in Guinea, amid heavy military exchanges between opposing forces. Some 500,000 people who have fled warfare in Sierra Leone and Liberia, along with tens of thousands of Guineans, are affected.
Incursions along the border with Sierra Leone and Liberia, and a full-scale military operation by Guinea's government against anti-government forces are intensifying the plight of the refugees.

14 May 2001 description

Guinea
Three conflicts - in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea - have trapped more than half a million people in Guinea, amid heavy military exchanges between opposing forces. Some 500,000 people who have fled warfare in Sierra Leone and Liberia, along with tens of thousands of Guineans, are affected.

Incursions along the border with Sierra Leone and Liberia, and a full-scale military operation by Guinea's government against anti-government forces are intensifying the plight of the refugees.

30 Mar 2001 description

CHURCH WORLD SERVICE
EMERGENCY RESPONSE OFFICE
Church World Service is the Relief and Development Agency of the 36 member denominations of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A
36 Denominations & Communions Working Together to Meet Human Needs
EMERGENCY ACCOUNT #6425
(In support of ACT appeal AFGN11 for 1,431,950)

09 Mar 2001 description

CHURCH WORLD SERVICE
EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROGRAM
Church World Service is the Humanitarian Agency of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.
35 Denominations & Communions Working Together to Meet Human Needs Signed by the Rev. John L. McCullough, CWS Executive Director

04 Dec 2000 description

Sierra Leone's nine-year civil war has left an estimated 1.2 million persons internally displaced. Juliana and her family stay with relatives in one of the camps managed by the Council of Churches in Sierra Leone, a member of Action by Churches Together. She comes from the diamond-producing areas in northern Sierra Leone, which are still occupied by the rebels of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF). When the rebels attacked her village, Juliana's husband, a diamond digger, was killed.

17 Jul 2000 description

North Korea
The Partnership With Women Task Group, part of the CWS International Justice and Human Rights Office, is sending a delegation of five North American women to North Korea on August 23 to establish direct relationships with women from the Korean Christians Federation, a CWS partner in North Korea. Together the women - including Protestant and Roman Catholic members - will discuss peace, reunification and ecumenism.

06 Dec 1999 description

SIERRA LEONE "Thanks to Church World Service for helping to bring us here," says Binta Bah, a Sierra Leonean refugee, who, along with her two sons and sister, was resettled in the U.S. with the help of the CWS Immigration and Refugee Program. She lost her husband and baby daughter and her home because of the ongoing war there. In Sierra Leone, Binta Bah sold goods in the local marketplace and her husband was an inspector in the diamond mines. She and two surviving children, and her sister, are among the 161 refugees from Sierra Leone resettled in the U.S. by CWS this year.

20 Sep 1999 description

Tension and war-like conditions continue in the border area between Liberia and Sierra Leone, with ongoing harassment of the civilian population in the area. Thousands of dislocated Liberians and more than 50,000 Sierra Leonian refugees are now in northern Liberia. The Liberian government and churches have asked humanitarian organizations for assistance. CWS is seeking $100,000 to assist the internally displaced and refugees. The assistance will include agricultural support, rebuilding of community infrastructure, and distribution of food and non-food items.

14 Sep 1999 description

(In support of ACT Appeal #AFLR91, Liberia Transition)
ACT Appeal Target: $1,945,472

28 Apr 1999 description

A recent Church World Service shipment of 101,000 Gift of the Heart Kits to Sierra Leone, in West Africa for war refugees being sheltered in Freetown's national stadium, along with the shipment to the Balkans, depletes our current supply of School Kits. Church World Service is asking groups and congregations to help us replenish our supply of these vital School Kits, as well as the other Gift of the Heart Kits. The need for them is tremendous, as the tragedy escalates in the Balkans, and in continuing areas of crisis around the world.

15 Mar 1999 description

SIERRA LEONE -- Some 15,000 people in the capital of Freetown, are receiving plastic sheeting, blankets, and other non-food items with the help of Church World Service and its international partners through Action by Churches Together (ACT). Church World Service partner, the Council of Churches of Sierra Leone (CCSL), is giving priority to women and children, pregnant women, older and injured people who have lost their homes or have been displaced by the fighting.

08 Feb 1999 description

CHURCH WORLD SERVICE EMERGENCY RESPONSE OFFICE
34 Denominations & Communions Working Together to Meet Human Needs

18 Jan 1999 description

For more than a year and a half, families in the West African nation of Sierra Leone have been struggling to provide for themselves in the midst of a conflict between rebel military forces and the elected government. In May 1997, the government was overthrown by a military junta, but has since won back its place in the leadership. In recent weeks, however, rebel hostilities have sent many Sierra Leonians fleeing for their lives.