Missão Oriente MédioDate: January and February 2016
Place:
Ankara, Gaziantep, Adana, Nidge, Mugla, Izmir and Istambul, Turkey

In a response to the migratory crisis that has led tens of thousands of refugees to seek access especially to European countries, missionaries of Fraternidade headed to the migratory route Asia-Middle-East-Europe to provide humanitarian help and solidarity to the migrants and asylum seekers coming from Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and other countries. The work was conducted for more than 40 days and in cooperation with the Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants (ASAM), in the main cities of the migratory route that crosses Turkey. The missionaries had contact with hundreds of refugees and could, at each contact, provide comfort and tenderness to human beings oftentimes annihilated by extreme pain and violence, sowing hope in the consciousnesses and preventing love from being destroyed in the hearts.

Activities:

  • Medical and therapeutic attendance, and of dental prevention and attention for refugees.
  • Fostering of oral health for children, by means of imaginary-educational plays.
  • Recreational and occupational activities for adults.
  • Workshops of artisanship and artistic painting for migrant families.
  • Visit to a marina, in facilities of a group of volunteer divers that help in the [wu34]rescue of shipwrecked refugees.
  • Painting of murals with inspiring drawings of peace and hope, carried out together with the[wu35] refugees in the headquarters of ASAM, in Ankara.
  • Cooperation in the logistics of reception, storage and distribution of donation of food, clothes and other needs in streets, camping sites, communities and houses that shelter refugees.

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