I have a brother in Lesbos waiting for me.

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.

I have a brother in Lesbos waiting for me.

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.

"We came to Greece with a desire for peace because our country has been at war for too many years, we were looking for a safe place where our children could grow up free. Little did we know that we would also be in danger here." Houssein, Afghan refugee

Houssein lives in the Lesbos refugee camp. Here live thousands of families, men, women, orphaned children, persecuted by wars and escaped from countries like Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia and Iraq, where human life is constantly in danger.
They arrive in Lesbos with the hope of a new beginning, but on the island they discover that only other inhuman deprivations await them, a limbo of wearisome waiting, the ghost of deportation, the terror of violent rejections.

In the camp, people are forced to live in plastic tents where they can't breathe in summer and freeze in winter, toilets often don't work and there is no hot water. There is no sewage system, no health care and there are no prevention rules to protect against the Coronavirus. There is no lighting so, at night, women and children are even more exposed to the risk of abuse and violence.

Many try to leave this island where Europe, which promises human rights, continually fails and betrays itself, but it is a great risk. They think that in Athens they will be able to find a job and build a better life, but poverty in the Greek capital is extremely widespread and most of the refugees who leave Lesbos live on the streets and have no safe place to sleep.

The Pope John XXIII Community was called and chose to share the drama of this humanity, to give a voice to these voiceless, unheard people. A group of volunteers from the Community and from Operazione Colomba (the Community's non-violent peace corps) live in Lesbos to ensure a constant presence and daily protection and to denounce the continuous violations of human rights that men, women and children are forced to suffer. The family house in Athens welcomes those who, desperate, without documents or who have already received recognition as refugees, do not know where to go or who to ask for help.

Now we need your support, immediately, to guarantee the constant presence of our volunteers and the reception in the family house in Athens. It is a lot of money needed for the operation of the project on the field of Lesbos and the sustaining of the expenses of the family house, ready to host them, but we are sure that every drop will make this ocean of solidarity.

Thanks to you and your donation we will be there where the cry for help is strong. Do it now.
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Made out to: Associazione Comunità Papa Giovanni XXIII - Activities ONLUS
Causale: 21R007 Support for Lesbos

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"We came to Greece with a desire for peace because our country has been at war for too many years, we were looking for a safe place where our children could grow up free. Little did we know that we would also be in danger here." Houssein, Afghan refugee

Houssein lives in the Lesbos refugee camp. Here live thousands of families, men, women, orphaned children, persecuted by wars and escaped from countries like Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia and Iraq, where human life is constantly in danger.
They arrive in Lesbos with the hope of a new beginning, but on the island they discover that only other inhuman deprivations await them, a limbo of wearisome waiting, the ghost of deportation, the terror of violent rejections.

In the camp, people are forced to live in plastic tents where they can't breathe in summer and freeze in winter, toilets often don't work and there is no hot water. There is no sewage system, no health care and there are no prevention rules to protect against the Coronavirus. There is no lighting so, at night, women and children are even more exposed to the risk of abuse and violence.

Many try to leave this island where Europe, which promises human rights, continually fails and betrays itself, but it is a great risk. They think that in Athens they will be able to find a job and build a better life, but poverty in the Greek capital is extremely widespread and most of the refugees who leave Lesbos live on the streets and have no safe place to sleep.

The Pope John XXIII Community was called and chose to share the drama of this humanity, to give a voice to these voiceless, unheard people. A group of volunteers from the Community and from Operazione Colomba (the Community's non-violent peace corps) live in Lesbos to ensure a constant presence and daily protection and to denounce the continuous violations of human rights that men, women and children are forced to suffer. The family house in Athens welcomes those who, desperate, without documents or who have already received recognition as refugees, do not know where to go or who to ask for help.

Now we need your support, immediately, to guarantee the constant presence of our volunteers and the reception in the family house in Athens. It is a lot of money needed for the operation of the project on the field of Lesbos and the sustaining of the expenses of the family house, ready to host them, but we are sure that every drop will make this ocean of solidarity.

Thanks to you and your donation we will be there where the cry for help is strong. Do it now.
---
You can also donate through:
BANK TRANSFER
Iban code: IT 04X 030 6909 6061 0000 0008 036
Made out to: Associazione Comunità Papa Giovanni XXIII - Activities ONLUS
Causale: 21R007 Support for Lesbos
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