Chapter 24 » 24.29

Practical expressions of our peace testimony

Relief of suffering

Since the early 1800s British Friends have assisted the victims of war and famine. In 1871 the Friends War Victims Relief Committee was formed to help those whose homes and livelihood had been devastated in the Franco-Prussian war. This committee adopted as its badge the black and red Quaker star which is now a symbol used by Britain Yearly Meeting.

On occasions of public calamity Friends’ post must be the care of the poor and the relief of distress.

William Allen, 1812

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