Harrowing stories have emerged of death, starvation and abuse at the hands of people smugglers. While Italy has received a slightly larger number of sea arrivals, Greece is the most seriously affected so far. The situation of the new arrivals is dire: Capacity on the Greek islands—Lesvos, Chios, Kos and Rhodes—is overstretched.
Most people continue onward to Northern and Western Europe, including through the Balkan countries of Macedonia, Bulgaria, Albania and Serbia, to seek asylum. People stay where they can—occupying public parks, forests and abandoned factories and other properties. Many countries in southern Europe are unprepared to meet the growing needs.
Caritas is providing vital food, living items and dignified shelter so refugee and migrant families—especially women, children and the elderly—can meet their most basic human needs. Church partners also provide critical information, translation and language services, as well as legal resources so refugees and migrant families know their rights and options, and are able to make informed decisions.
Pope Francis has called for every parish in Europe to welcome one family. Caritas Internationalis is working with European governments and Catholic communities to welcome refugees while also working for peace in their homelands.
In January 2017 we met South Sudan refugees who are living in Bidi Bidi in Uganda. 18 months later we've returned to the refugee camp to see the difference Caritas programmes are making to people who live there.
Monitoring children at risk of malnutrition Maria Mendoza opens the doors to her driveway in Punta de Mulato, Venezuela in early July. She’s preparing for a weekly growth monitoring session for children under five. Caritas volunteers who have been inspired to help during the Venezuela crisis carry chairs and tables from the Church grounds. A ...
Blog by Sandra Awad, communications officer for Caritas Syria Caritas Internationalis recently invited us to organise an “encounter meal” in a community with migrants and/or refugees. It would be part of the Share the Journey campaign which was launched by Pope Francis in 2017 and is focused on providing spaces and opportunities to bring migrants/refugees ...
With monsoon rains and the onset of the cyclone season expected during the next few weeks, fears are intensifying for the safety of Rohingya people living in makeshift shelters in Bangladesh refugee camps.