Refugee Crisis Appeal
Please donate to our appeal, and support vulnerable refugees.
There is a great need, people are living in inhumane conditions.
Evelina Manola, CAFOD partner
Your donation will help our sister agencies in the Caritas network across Europe, the Middle East and Syria to support traumatised refugees.
Evelina Manola, a social worker with Caritas Greece, which is supporting vulnerable refugees on the islands of Kos and Chios, told us that around eight out of ten of the refugees arriving on the islands are Syrian:
“They pay $1200 to the traffickers and arrive on plastic dinghies from Turkey. The kind of thing you might buy for your holiday, they are really unsafe. There is a great need, people are living in inhumane conditions, sleeping outside without clean water and adequate food.
“We are doing all we can to help, it might be a drop in the ocean, but it is still a drop.”
We work in many of the countries where migrants and refugees originate from, including Syria, as well as neighbouring countries that host refugees.
Our partners in Lebanon, for example, work closely with children who have been affected by this crisis, and use counselling, drawing and play to help them come to terms with what they have experienced. This vital work means that these children can begin to feel hopeful about their future.
The war in Syria has caused a humanitarian crisis on a staggering scale, and it’s getting worse every day. Over 250,000 people have been killed and more than 6.6 million children, women and men driven from their homes.
In 2015 Pope Francis made an appeal to the international community to protect migrants and refugees crossing the Mediterranean, after 700 people drowned off the coast of Libya. In his Angelus address on 19 April, he reminded us that “they are men and women like us, our brothers seeking a better life, starving, persecuted, wounded, exploited, victims of war. They were looking for a better life.”