The refugee situation: it’s all about European core values!
“Our older brother was kidnapped by ISIS and we have no news from him. Our situation became unbearable, so we decided to leave Afghanistan on foot and we have travelled a month and a half to get to Greece. Unfortunately during the trip in Iran we lost our father and we don't know where he is. To get from Turkey to Greece we had to pay 1,000 euros per person to the smugglers for a 5 hour ride, not knowing if we would survive the trip. We hope that our father and our brother are alive and that we can all gather in a safer place. It wasn't a trip. It was a killer trip”, explained Mujdah and Mohebullah, 15 and 8 year-old sister and brother from Afghanistan.
According to the United Nations, since 2014 at least 10,000 people have lost their lives in attempting to reach a safe haven in Europe. The EU restrictive policies prevent people from entering Europe safely, hence resulting in unbearable death tolls. The further externalisation of EU asylum and migration policies through agreements with non-EU countries clearly shows the lack of solidarity with the people fleeing war and persecution.
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Speaking to Catholic News Service, Cardinal Tagle said “For this project, Caritas Greece has only one paid person. All the others are volunteers, taking turns to serve food, to sort out donations of clothing and coming here to spend the day or evening with the refugees — that is Caritas. Caritas is Caritas because of those simple people who give of themselves.”
Read the full story of Cardinal Tagle's visit on the Caritas Europa site here.
'It runs like clockwork! Now it is wonderfully warm here,' says the refugee camp's leader Sergeiy.
The inhabitants of the refugee camp have a good reputation locally, so they were able to purchase a new heater on credit. The final payment of EUR 6,300 is due at the beginning of March, but thanks to the Caritas Finland collection for Ukraine the debt can be cleared in February. The collection generated more than EUR 7,500 in donations and the help reaches the refugees in Vynnyky through the local Caritas organisation, Caritas Lviv.
Sergeiy is very grateful for the help received from Finland.
'My dear friends! On behalf of the entire camp I want to thank you for the help received by refugees from Eastern Ukraine. Thanks to your donations we have bought a good heater, which makes it possible for us to keep the camp warm more securely and cheaply. Thank you for helping us in these tough times. It is really important to each one of us. Together we are strong!'
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