Refugee Centre in Presevo, Serbia, near the border with Macedonia. Hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria and Iraq have fled through Serbia in 2015, heading for the northern European countries. (Photo: Paul Jeffrey ACT / ICON)
Posted 15 December 2015
More and more people from conflict affected areas are now fleeing to Europe. The Church of Sweden has an expertise in supporting people in crisis situations , creating good communities and meaningful activities, and has a special focus on children’s and women’s rights.
The Church of Sweden says: “All people are created in God’s image and one of the foundations of the Christian faith is not to differentiate between people. Jesus , who was himself a refugee, shows in words and deeds the example of love: to love one’s neighbour. In the refugee situation, the Swedish Church has an important diaconal and charitable responsibility.”
The Church says that the vast majority of those fleeing their situations remain in their immediate neighbouring areas and that it is involved “along the entire escape route”. The Church is asking urgently for gifts for people who are forced to flee.
Malmo is one of the cities in the country to which refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa now arrive by train from Denmark. Here, the response from people wanting to help has been enormous. Elsewhere in the country much support is still needed, the Church says.
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