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10 de agosto de 2020 LESBOS: "Let's go on tiptoe, ask permission to do well”
At the Moria Refugee Camp, Scalabrinian missionaries will be involved in the preparation of around 150 daily meals, English classes, child care in collaboration with the French-speaking Catholic community.

 

 

 

By Rosinha Martins

Santo André – São Paulo

Brazil


The thought of Blessed John the Baptist Scalabrini, founder of the Congregations of Missionaries of Saint Charles Borromeo, was paraphrased by the Superior of the Scalabrinian Province of Italy, Sister Milva Caro, who sent this Wednesday, 29,  the first group of missionaries to the Moria Refugees Camp on the Island of Lesbos, Greece. “We go on tiptoe to ask permission to do well, as our founder and father of migrants said, following the example of Jesus Christ and also wanting to be the arms and ears of Pope Francis, who looks at Lesbos with his heart turned for the situation of refugees,” he said.

 

In an exclusive interview to the Scalabrinian Press of São Paulo, the Superior General of the Scalabrinians Missionary Sisters, Sister Neusa de Fátima Mariano, stated that the project happens in partnership and at the invitation of the Santo Egídio Community, an Italian Catholic Organization that for 52 years has been providing charity and promoting peace. “The initiative arises from a question we asked at meeting with the Santo Egidio on how to respond to the emergencies of migration at this time. And we are very grateful to Santo Egídio for the opportunity offered to us. "

 

The first team, which left on Wednesday, is composed of two Sisters and two young women in formation: Sisters Marlene Vieira, Brazilian, from the State of Minas Gerais, who works in Belgium, a Mexican Sister who missions in Spain, Letícia Gutierrez, the Italian aspirant Laura Lazzoni and an Argentine postulant, Monica Leticia Tozzi.

 

Missionary work

 

                     Mulher refugiada no campo de Moria

 

At the Moria Refugee Camp, Scalabrinian missionaries will be involved in the preparation of around 150 daily meals, English classes, child care in collaboration with the French-speaking Catholic community.

 

LESBOS: "I have to say that Moria is the field in which I saw the highest level of suffering."

 

The expression comes from the head of the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Greece, Louise Roland-Gosselin, who spent five years in crisis zones in Congo and South Sudan.

 

Lesbos one of the three largest islands in Greece, in the Aegean Sea, and the seventh largest in the Mediterranean Sea. With a population of around 90,000, it has become known for hosting thousands of refugees from Turkey, Arabia, Somalia, Afghanistan and Syria. According to information from the press and non-governmental organizations, it is the worst refugee camp in the world for its unsanitary conditions. With a capacity to house 3 thousand people, the camp has more than 13 thousand inhabitants.

 

Because of the overcrowding of the camp, people spend up to 12 hours a day waiting in line for food, which sometimes comes moldy. The queues for basic needs are long, with 80 people for each shower and 70 for the bathroom, with aid workers complaining about the leakage of sewage in tents where children live. Sexual assaults, knife attacks and suicide attempts are constant.

 

The inhumane situation in which they live has prompted accusations that the camp has been left to rot in order to prevent migration and that European Union funds provided to help Greece deal with asylum seekers are being diverted. In 2018 the field would have undergone an investigation.

 

 



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