“The Pope invites us to take up the Church's task of mercy and forgiveness, and with migrants this means informing or reminding them that they are human persons, with dignity, values and rights,” says Bishop Ortiz
More than half of the Syrian refugees (56%) in Lebanon are under 18. While only one in ten was injured in the conflict before arriving in Lebanon, many of the child refugees show symptoms of trauma, including flashbacks and nightmares.
We – leaders of humanitarian organisations and UN agencies - appeal not only to governments but to each of you - citizens around the world – to add your voices in urging an end to the carnage. To urge that all parties reach agreement on a ceasefire and a path to peace.
Modar used to work for Caritas in Syria helping people who were fleeing conflict. When life became too dangerous, he left for Europe. He describes his work, the terrible journey and coming to terms with being a refugee.
In 2015, almost a million refugees and migrants have crossed the Mediterranean from the Middle East and North Africa to Europe. They’re escaping war, persecution and poverty. Aid agencies like Caritas are often the only help available.
For a decade, Afghans have been the largest source country for refugees in the world, but this was overtaken by Syrian refugees in 2014. Yet, the numbers of Afghan entering Europe is still on the rise, making up twenty per cent of all refugees.