A necessary presence

"How can one see and pretend not to see, how can one hear the groaning of the oppressed and not suffer? How can one remain indifferent to the victims? They are our brothers". These are the words of Don Oreste Benzi, and this is why the Pope John XXIII Community has been called and has chosen to stand by the side of thousands of children, men, women and families who have escaped from war and misery, who live in the refugee camp of Lesbos, in Greece.Our volunteers have chosen to leave and put their lives on the line, to share it with the refugees, to show them that they are not alone and that it is still possible to hope for a future, despite the inhuman conditions in which they live. Inside the camp there is no electricity, the refugees live in plastic tents and have no running or drinkable water, sometimes the food they eat is out of date.Our volunteers distribute basic necessities and bear the costs of accompanying those who are sick to nearby hospitals because, for those who live in the camp, no health care is provided but, above all, they live alongside the refugees on this island and listen to their pain that cries out and asks to be told.This is the fundamental part of our presence: the relationship of mutual trust that blossoms and unites us in a single beat and reminds us how great it is to be human.The Pope John XXIII Community has already helped 700 people in the first 5 months, but there are thousands of people living in the camp.Help us to sustain the expenses for the presence of our volunteers in Lesbos: every contribution, even a small one, allows us to be here where time stands still, in this handkerchief of Europe too small to contain dreams as big as freedom. Don't remain a spectator. Help us, now. Thank you.

A necessary presence

"How can one see and pretend not to see, how can one hear the groaning of the oppressed and not suffer? How can one remain indifferent to the victims? They are our brothers". These are the words of Don Oreste Benzi, and this is why the Pope John XXIII Community has been called and has chosen to stand by the side of thousands of children, men, women and families who have escaped from war and misery, who live in the refugee camp of Lesbos, in Greece.

Our volunteers have chosen to leave and put their lives on the line, to share it with the refugees, to show them that they are not alone and that it is still possible to hope for a future, despite the inhuman conditions in which they live. Inside the camp there is no electricity, the refugees live in plastic tents and have no running or drinkable water, sometimes the food they eat is out of date.

Our volunteers distribute basic necessities and bear the costs of accompanying those who are sick to nearby hospitals because, for those who live in the camp, no health care is provided but, above all, they live alongside the refugees on this island and listen to their pain that cries out and asks to be told.This is the fundamental part of our presence: the relationship of mutual trust that blossoms and unites us in a single beat and reminds us how great it is to be human.

The Pope John XXIII Community has already helped 700 people in the first 5 months, but there are thousands of people living in the camp.

Help us to sustain the expenses for the presence of our volunteers in Lesbos: every contribution, even a small one, allows us to be here where time stands still, in this handkerchief of Europe too small to contain dreams as big as freedom. Don't remain a spectator. Help us, now. Thank you.



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Thousands of men, women and children who have fled war and misery arrive at the Lesbos refugee camp in Greece with the hope of a new beginning, but here they discover only more suffering. The Pope John XXIII Community has chosen to be in Lesbos to share the drama of this humanity, to give a voice to these unheard people. The presence of the Community's volunteers and of Operazione Colomba (the Community's non-violent peace corps) and the reception in the family house in Athens is indispensable: help us to be present alongside the men, women and children who are suffering in desperate silence. They need us now.

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