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.
Caritas Internationalis calls upon governments, communities and all people of good will to welcome refugees while working for peace as a priority in their homelands.
Caritas Greece provided 2000 food kits to refugees and migrants crossing from Greece into Macedonia, as staff describe scene of unforgetable misery and heartbreak.
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.
Tens of thousands of migrants and refugees keep arriving to the Greek islands of Kos, Lesvos and Chios.
It was only when we were on the plane flying to Greece that I realised something was wrong. The woman gave me a document with a name that wasn’t mine.
Caritas Greece is working hard to help people who are suffering from the country’s financial difficulties. At a refugee centre for immigrants living in and near Athens, Caritas serves 300 meals a day, offers Greek and English lessons, provides vaccinations for children, and gives out relief kits with clothes, blankets and baby milk.