A POOLE church will host an exhibition exploring global tales and images of forgotten casualties.

‘Uprooted’ by Christian Aid will showcase the stories of some of the 40 million people that remain in their own country after being forced from their homes for various reasons.

The exhibition is planned for St Luke’s Church, Parkstone, and runs until April 22.

There will also be a special service to mark the closing of the exhibition at 10.30am on April 22, featuring a speech from Christian Aid’s Dorset co-ordinator Fiona Daborn.

She said: “We want to make sure that these millions of people with brutally interrupted lives are neither out of sight nor out of mind.

“The stories themselves inspire us with examples of how host communities and individuals have extended generosity and hospitality.

“The people of Dorset have shown time again their care and concern for their vulnerable global brothers or sisters and we are delighted to be able to share these stories with anyone who can visit the exhibition or join the service starting at 10.30am.”

Stories on display include those forced to flee their homes due to conflict in Iraq, drought in Kenya and terrorism in Nigeria.

The plight of internally-displaced people forced from their homes in disaster-prone Haiti will feature in this year’s Christian Aid Week, May 13 to May 19.

Fundraisers are planned across Dorset including a concert ahead of the week at St Edwards school, Poole, on April 27.