EUROPE/ITALY - Scalabrinians: one out of three migrants is a child, a sign that the international crisis is becoming stronger and stronger

Wednesday, 4 March 2020 emigration   missionary institutes   pope francis  


Rome (Agenzia Fides) - A third of migrants stranded in Greece are children. "It is the sign of how the international crisis is becoming stronger, and how often families allow their most precious things to leave, their children, because there is no hope for adults. It is a fact that must make us think and that must put governments, including the Greek one, before the evidence that these are people who need help". This is what Sister Neusa de Fatima Mariano, Superior General of the Scalabrinian Missionaries, a religious congregation that since its foundation has dealt with migration, says in a note sent to Agenzia Fides.
Of the 40 thousand people who have asked for help on the Aegean islands, about 4 out of 10 are children (Save the Children data). "I hope that European countries will not forget, in this moment of crisis dictated by an epidemic affecting many countries of the world, the role they must necessarily play in protecting migrants", added Sister Neusa de Fatima. On Sunday, March 1, Pope Francis during the Angelus recalled the many migrants who ask for help, with these words: “I am saddened by the news of so many displaced people, so many men, women, and children chased away because of the war, so many migrants that ask for refuge in the world, and help. In these days, it has become very strong. Let us pray for them". (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 4/3/2020)