Syrians are giving up hope that a solution to the war is possible and seeking safety in Europe. Caritas Syrian staff and beneficaries reflect on the question every family is asking of themselves: whether to leave their beloved country.
As individual states and the European Union struggle to come up with an effective and compassionate solution to the refugee crisis, communities and individuals are taking the situation into their own hands to welcome migrants.
With no room in the flimsy boat for all of his family of six, Khaled Basheer swam behind with his daughter clinging to his back as they headed from Turkey to Greece. Now they're in Serbia, waiting to start a new life in Europe.
The war in Syria is reaching the heart of Europe, with hundreds of thousands of refugees leaving the Middle East through the Western Balkans. Their voyages are filled with peril and suffering, but along the way they're receiving solidarity and help.
Conflicts, civil strife and economic conditions in the Middle East, Asia and Africa dramatically increased the flow of refugees and economic migrants to Europe in 2015. Many have reached Serbia, where Caritas is providing aid.
Msgr. Antun Cirimotic, secretary general of Caritas Macedonia, says the aim is to help the migrants and refugees travelling through the country by providing them water, food and hygiene materials, so that they have enough until they reach Serbia.
Greece is being overwhelmed by refugees and migrants, with a spike in the number of arriving this year. They’re mostly from Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq. They’re fleeing war and poverty. Caritas aid has reached the islands of Kos and Chios.