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Raising funds and awareness with refugee rations

Two Dunedin Quakers, Elizabeth Duke and Elizabeth Thompson, have again participated in Christian World Service's Operation Refugee, to support people living in refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan. The two Elizabeths have lived for five days on the basic food rations of the type available in the camps - rice, flour, lentils, beans, chickpeas, tinned fish, oil and salt. Through this, they hope to raise awareness of the conditions that refugees have to live in, and to attract donations for Christian World Service's work with local partners in the refugee camps. The funds raised will help to supply emergency food parcels and cash vouchers, healthcare, education programmes, fun days for children and emotional support. 

Elizabeth and Elizabeth explained the project and prepared a meal of refugee rations for Dunedin Quakers at our monthly shared lunch this month. The food was wholesome but very plain - making us more aware of one small aspect of the harshness of life in a refugee camp.

To learn more about Operation Refugee, and to donate to the appeal, visit

Three women talking over lunch

Dunedin Friends enjoying conversation over our refugee rations lunch