Open Your Arms to Refugees
Open your eyes to the reality of the Syrian refugee crisis.
In December 2015, the number of people fleeing Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan for Europe surpassed one million, with 70% arriving in Greece. Their dire situation drives them to gamble their lives, taking the increasingly deadly sea route from Turkey. In 2015, some 2,000 Syrian refugees drowned in the Mediterranean attempting to reach European shores. Others have become victims of trafficking, subject to abuse en route, or both.
Open your hearts to their desperation.
Refugees are being stopped at European borders with nowhere to turn. Increasingly, Europe is closing its doors. The United States has only taken in 2,290 refugees since 2011, pledging to take in 10,000 refugees in 2016. For these refugees, returning to the violence and hardship they fled is unthinkable.
Open your hearts to help Syrian refugees.
As they wait, we cannot. Our faith calls us to answer their need for shelter, food, medicine and education. But their suffering won’t cease if war continues. As Catholics, we must work for peace by imploring our leaders to lead the way with diplomatic solutions to solve this global humanitarian crisis.
We must also urge our leaders to oppose the Administration’s proposed cuts to foreign aid. It’s only 1% of our nation’s budget, yet it does a world of good. The cuts would be devastating to the 65 million displaced people around the world who need our help more than ever.