'Building a Legacy of Hope' at Salisbury Cathedral

by Michael Ford last modified 09 Apr, 2013 05:21 PM

A powerful exhibition of photographs highlighting the cost of child labour in the Gaza Strip will be launched during a special Evensong at Salisbury Cathedral on Tuesday 7 May (5.30pm).

'Building a Legacy of Hope' at Salisbury Cathedral

Malak Preeka's photo, courtesy Christian Aid

The images, taken mainly by young people, give a voice to children forced to work to help provide for their families. Children in Gaza have experienced war, conflict and insecurity for most of their lives, leaving physical and psychological effects. The Culture and Free Thought Association (CFTA), based in Gaza’s Khan Younis Refugee Camp, created the exhibition.

One of the photographs was taken by twelve-year-old Malak Preeka. He said:  “I saw two sisters carrying a tray of stones to sell to rubble collectors to get some pocket money for school. I was shocked to know that these girls go to work for four hours in the early morning and then go and change their clothes and go to school. They hardly find time to do homework.”

Exhibition organiser Alison Knight said, “The Khan Younis refugee camp is one of the poorest areas of the Gaza Strip which in itself is the most impoverished place in the Middle East. Eighty per cent of the population is dependent on international aid and unemployment stands at 39% meaning children are forced to try to earn money where they can.

“This exhibition captures what life can be like for so many children. But against this backdrop of poverty and conflict CFTA runs art, craft, drama, education and sports activities so they can not only play and learn in a safe place, but also join together and make their voices heard. This is the legacy that they will leave behind for the next generation.” 

Cathedral Precentor Tom Clammer welcomed the exhibition as showing the power of images to stimulate discussion and action. He said: “These powerful images demonstrate the importance of recording the world around us. Through the eyes of a child they enable us to reflect and make real change by linking poverty, peace and reconciliation."

Notes
On 7 May, viewing of the exhibition is from 4pm, with Evensong commencing at 5.30pm.
Christian Aid collectors and volunteers from across the Diocese of Salisbury will be commissioned during the service. All are welcome to join in.
The exhibition will be on display in the Morning Chapel until Saturday 18 May, spanning Christian Aid Week (12-18 May).

Links
Salisbury Cathedral
Christian Aid 

Further information
Contact Alison Knight (aknight@christian-aid.org, 0121 288 3419) or Emma Nutbrown (07500 060770).

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