While police authorities are restricting the refugee camp in Calais, in northern France, a new camp has formed over the past few months 20 kilometers away in the town of Dunkirk. Living conditions in Dunkirk are equally as rough as Calais, and with the new year, Convoy of Hope Europe has pledged to adopt this new area as well.
New partnerships have made this additional effort a possibility, and a plan to implement many of the same services as are offered in Calais is already underway. With the frigid temperatures, stoves are going to be a priority for refugee families like Mahmoud’s, which recently arrived from Syria and is not accustomed to cold weather. Mahmoud is a violinist, who decided to flee with his wife and children after his brother was one of many brutally massacred in their city. Now, he plays Christian music on his violin and ministers to others at the camp until their application for asylum is reviewed.
There are more families like Mahmoud’s arriving daily. The Syrian Refugee Crisis is the largest humanitarian crisis of our era, larger than from Hurricane Katrina, the Indonesian tsunami, and the Haiti earthquake combined. Over 12 million people have been displaced, injured, or otherwise in need of direct humanitarian assistance, and there is no end to the fighting in sight. As the number of refugees grows, our response will need to grow as well.
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