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Bishop of Barking joins throng calling for increased humanitarian effort in Iraq and Syria

PUBLISHED: 14:28 10 September 2014 | UPDATED: 14:57 10 September 2014

New Bishop for east London and west Essex installed at Chelmsford Cathedral Photo credit: Paul Starr

New Bishop for east London and west Essex installed at Chelmsford Cathedral Photo credit: Paul Starr

Paul Starr Photographer

The Bishop of Barking has joined other leading church members in calling for the British government to increase its humanitarian effort in Iraq and Syria.

Peter Hill, speaking after his installation as Bishop of Barking at Chelmsford Cathedral last weekend, said: “We have a responsibility to save refugees from ISIS or IS whatever you want to call them.

“Whatever the politics of Iraq we have a responsibility to help people.”

Just last week, Bishop Stephen Cottrell, who led Bishop Hill’s installation service, also called for men, women and children “stranded in dire conditions” in the region to be helped.

Bishop Hill went one step further by implying many of the worst affected civilians should be allowed to claim asylum in this country.

“I do not think the British government is doing enough,” he added.

“I do understand they have to be circumspect about people who are constantly trying to get into this country, but there are exceptions.”


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