Third Hope Requiem
Saturday 6 April 2019
The De Merc Chamber Choir, directed by Alison Smart Fisher, performed a special Requiem at St Andrew's Church. All profits from the retiring collection went to Third Hope Africa, working for the long-term rehabilitation of ex-child soldiers in Northern Uganda. We are delighted that a total of £1,116 was raised for the cause.
Here is a selection of photos from the evening:
What is a Requiem?
The word ‘requiem’ means rest, and the heart of the sung Requiem is a prayer for those who have departed the world, that they will be granted eternal rest.
Usually, a Requiem will be sung for someone seen as important or significant – a King or Head of State. This Requiem is sung exclusively for the forgotten, for the powerless and for the unknown. It is dedicated to the child soldiers of northern Uganda.
For over twenty years, northern Uganda was ravaged by civil war. A war that will be forever marked out in history as one in which child-soldiers were most brutally and systematically abused.
Many thousands were killed, their bodies never recovered because their families do not have the means to locate them for burial. The wider community is also too poor to help effectively. It is doing what it can to support but with so much need, it is struggling.
This Requiem is a small gesture in the vast sea of need, but it is a gesture nonetheless – a refusal to shut out their pain. And more than that, it is a commitment to share the pain that is in the heart of the eternal father of us all and to do what we can to show love to those who need it.
We commit to remember these lives – the ones who died and the ones who are alive but still carry the scars of death inside them. This Requiem was written to say to them, “You are not alone”.