EUROPE/ITALY - Scalabrinians: in the fight against Coronavirus, let us not forget the health conditions of migrants

Wednesday, 8 April 2020 coronavirus   migrants   missionary institutes  


Rome (Agenzia Fides) - "The crisis dictated by the coronavirus cannot abandon the work that is being done to protect the last. The Holy Father’s appeal cannot be forgotten and, on the contrary, must be the result of a new enhancement of communities, institutions and health realities that are committed from different points of view". This is what Sister Neusa de Fatima Mariano, Superior General of the Missionary Sisters of San Carlo Borromeo/Scalabrinians, who has always been involved in assisting migrants, calls for.
"Among the last, I would also like to mention the thousand of migrants who arrived on the coast of Malta. They testify the need not to interrupt the aid chain - adds Sister Neusa in the note sent to Fides - It is true that European nations are now having a new front at home, but it is also thanks to the solidarity that united we can win against this pandemic and raise an economy now on its knees. In Italy, all our attention is directed towards this pandemic, which among other things is affecting several refugee camps".
Sister Neusa recalls the words of Pope Francis: "We would like to raise the attention to the conditions in which migrants live, precisely in reception centers. Promiscuity and precarious health conditions should never exist. Today more than ever the hygiene of the place where they are located is more essential than ever. This applies to them, but also to the many elderly people who live in nursing homes". (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 8/4/2020)