"I couldn't find any other way to come to Europe. I wished there were a safe way, a legal one. Being smuggled to cross over to Greece was my only alternative. I knew it was a dangerous thing to do, but I was desperate. I had to cross to save my life and what is left of my soul," told a young Syrian woman to a Caritas Greece staff a few days ago. She fled Syria alone. She was sexually abused on the way and had to turn to smugglers to cross the Aegean Sea and save herself from her abuser.
According to latest reports, over 1,000 migrants have died in less than a week while trying to cross the Mediterranean. Their desperate attempt to reach the EU shows how dire and terrifying their situation is. Caritas Europa and JRS Europe are appalled by the continuous suffering of so many people and stand in solidarity with these women, men and children.
“When my children are not there, I don’t heat my apartment. For the food, I eat less. I don’t want them to feel that I don’t have money. I tighten my belts. The hardest part is that I cannot give them what I would like to,” explained Fabrice to Secours Catholique – Caritas France, a single father who shares custody of his three children and who lives off EUR1,100 per month.
Caritas Europa is concerned about the fate of the approximately 123 million people live in poverty in Europe and who, like Fabrice, struggle to make ends meet. Their situations are not the result of bad luck, but stem directly from the prevailing policies that prioritise economic recovery from the 2008 economic and financial crisis, instead of addressing the consequences this crisis is still having on millions of people across Europe.
“If Europe doesn’t change tack on austerity now, we’ll continue condemning the next generations to endemic poverty,” says Shannon Pfohman, Caritas Europa’s Head of Policy and Advocacy Unit.
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On the International Day of Roma, Caritas Finland joins Caritas Europa in calling on the European Union to promote the full inclusion of Roma people across Europe.
On this page we post the latest news from Caritas Finland.