Countries like Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Eritrea are living in a situation of constant conflict and destruction. Many people living in these countries are running away and they are taking a risk in the long and risky sea voyages because they can lose their life.
In the first half of 2015, more boats have come to Europe than in the entire 2014. It is estimated that at the end of 2015, the number of refugees and migrants that will make the voyage for the Mediterranean Sea to Europe will arrive to 400.000 people. At the present, the number of refugees and migrants exceeds the 322.500 people.
The Mediterranean Sea is known as the deadliest border in the world because of thousands of desperate immigrants and refugees drown in boats that try to arrive to Europe from Africa and Middle East. Throughout 2015, about 2750 people have lost their life during their trip to Europe and as this emergency situation progresses, people arriving alive are facing an increasingly difficult reception.
All the European countries that welcome refugees are overwhelmed. For example, in Greece 205.000 refugees have landed, the 65% of these refugees came from Syria. The worst thing is that the number of children that have lost a family members and end up alone has increased.
ACNUR is training European governments to take care and treat all the refugees crossing the Mediterranean. Also, ACNUR is deploying 900 shelters in Greece, Macedonia and Hungary to help the refugees and the governments.
ACNUR focus their effort in realize different activities for help Mediterranean refugees:
- They are improving rescue services in order to manage the needs of housing, food, water and basic support of refugees arriving in Europe.
- Other activity that they are realizing is offer their specialized staff to develop more quickly and correctly the refugee registration and guarantee that they will be able recognized, protected by law and have access to doctors.
- Their staff is also helping to governments to identify if some refugees need specific help, for example, help children traveling alone.
- Provide direct emergency humanitarian assistance, for example, providing hygiene kids, sleeping bags, food or water.
The fourth banking group in Spain, Banc Sabadell, with more than 2.000 bank offices and 6 million of banking customers, will help ACNUR to support and advice to the Government and local Greek authorities at front line reception for newly-arrived people seeking international protection on their rights and obligations and to provide direct support to refugees. In order to help in the refugee crisis, Banc de Sabadell will offer to their customers and their workers the possibility to make a donation for this cause.
Thanks to the customers and employees of Banc de Sabadell, 460 emergency rescue kits will be distributed, each kit has a cost of 25 euros. Also, a reception center, where thousands of asylum seekers can receive vital medical care, will be installed. It costs around 8,500 euros.
In this project, the funds raised will be designated to Greece because it is the country that has received more refugees in the last months.
The Worldcoo team.