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Sleep-out launches 60th Christian Aid Week

By Staff Reporter

A sleep-out is taking place in Belfast to remember the millions of people across the world who have been forced from their homes due to conflict.

The initiative saw members of the public join Christian Aid Ireland in sleeping out at Buoy Park in Belfast city centre from noon yesterday until noon today. It marks the start of Christian Aid Week 2017 - highlighting the refugee crisis and running until Saturday, May 20 - which will include fundraising events taking place across the country.

Rosamond Bennett, CEO of Christian Aid Ireland, said supporters taking part in the sleep-out wanted to demonstrate their support for millions of families fleeing war, who spend every single night in poor, cramped conditions.

"We're incredibly grateful for the generosity and goodwill of our supporters and we look forward to an inspiring week," she said.

The sleep-out was attended by local politicians and Church leaders. The public is also invited to visit a photo exhibition about the refugee crisis at Buoy Park.

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