Antony Glaister’s talk about his work in Palestinian refugee camps was both moving and memorable. A lawyer and mediator by profession, he also works for ABCD, Action around Bethlehem Children with Disabilities. Founded in 1983, it has now extended its work beyond Bethlehem and Antony has experience of three refugee camps. The organisation supports disabled children by providing rehabilitative support regardless of race and creed. This can include education for the mentally disabled, speech therapy and practical help such as the provision of glasses, hearing aids and splints.
Inevitably Antony’s talk was drawn to the sufferings of the Palestinians and the apparently insoluble problems which blight that part of the world. On the positive side, ABCD has helped almost 9,000 children and there are even occasional instances of different nationalities working together. Antony is a passionate and committed advocate for the charity but, alas, even he can see no swift end to the human suffering which it must continue to address.
Subsequent to Anthony's talk Brigantes agreed to £500 to support the work of ABCD in the camps.
More about ABCD can be found on their website www.abcdbethlehem.org and some images taken from Anthony's presentation are attached.
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