25-October-2015

 

REPORT ON THE SITUATION OF THE REFUGEE CAMP IN Macedonia

It is beyond doubt that Greece is in the midst of a refugee crisis that has acquired worldwide dimensions. Every day thousands of refugees reach the Greek islands, then sail to Athens and from there they head to the Greek borders with Macedonia, in order to continue their journey to central Europe. The situation is difficult and the obstacles encountered are many.

Every day thousands of refugees arrive  they are separated into groups and wait for the police to give them permission to cross the borders and enter Macedonia. Depending on the number of refugees arriving there and the rate at which they leave, they might stay  from several hours to several days. As a result, a transit camp has been set up in order to facilitate all those people.  The capacity of the camp is from 1,500 to 2,000 people, a number which in many cases has proven small considering the fact that sometimes more than 10,000 people have arrived in one day.

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) is responsible for the management of the camp in cooperation with other organizations.

 

So far, more than 250 volunteers have participated in the expeditions and our testimony to the organization operating at the camp and the local authorities is very positive.

Since a number of refugees are staying in  for several hours, there is also a chance for personal conversations and personal evangelism. For this reason, there is a great need for people who speak English, Arabic, Farci and Dari. Of course, this has to be done with caution and great discretion. Occasionally, on our tables we also place a few Bibles or New Testaments.

The situation is going to continue and probably to deteriorate, since some countries are closing their borders or stalling the entrance procedures.

25-October-2015