Red Wednesday is an initiative of Aid to the Church in Need set down this year for 28 November.
It is a day to gather and pray in solidarity with those who are persecuted and suffer unjustly for their peacefully held beliefs.
Persecution in the world’s worst-affected regions has reached a new peak, the impact of which is now being felt in all its horror.
In Syria and Iraq the crisis is immense and the evidence shows that Christians have fallen victim to a genocide conducted by Daesh (ISIS). In Syria 13.1 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. 5.5 million have fled the country, half of them are Christians.
Iraq and Syria are countries of serious concern but there are also abuses of religious liberty taking place in 23 other countries/regions including (but not limited to) India, Pakistan, China, Africa and South America.
The purpose of Red Wednesday is for us to join with people of all faiths to raise a strong voice in support of the persecuted who cannot profess their religion freely:
• Christians in Egypt and Iraq
• the Baha’i community in Iran
• Catholics in the southern Philippines
• the Rohingya in Myanmar
• Jewish communities in Europe
• people of all faiths in China.
Red Wednesday coincides with the release of the 2018 Religious Freedom in the World Report. A document produced every two years by Aid to the Church in Need the Report assesses issues relating to religious freedom for all faith groups in 196 countries. It can be viewed from 23 November at: http://religious-freedom-report.org/
As well as the release of the Religious Freedom Report 2018 we will gather and pray in solidarity with those of all faiths who are persecuted and suffer unjustly for their peacefully held beliefs.
Let’s spread the word and use social media to make #RedWednesday 2018 a campaign that cannot be ignored.