026a3f15-eabd-4952-bde9-18e8afbf2239-2060x1236Our member The Salvation Army Europe published an interview with the General Secretary of The Salvation Army’s Italy and Greece Command about the refugees and migrant crisis. Speaking about the situation affecting Italy and Greece, Major David Cavanagh explains in the IHQ Communications video: ‘’The big challenge at the moment is very much immigration. Last year, nearly a million people came into Europe via the Mediterranean and 97 per cent of those were in Italy and Greece.’’

Many of the people landing in Europe after arduous and dangerous sea crossings have no possessions other than the clothes they are wearing. The Salvation Army has been providing food, water, milk, winter clothing, hygiene supplies and nappies (diapers), along with simple children’s toys.

The Salvation Army’s response in hotspots such as the Greek capital, Athens, and in Rome and Atena Lucana in Italy is necessarily diverse. The programmes include language classes, cultural mediation, a series of workshops such as sewing, information technology, teaching basic work skills in cooking and waitering.

Find the video here (EN).