Human Appeal leads the way in helping refugees in Europe
Human Appeal is increasing its presence in southern Europe to provide emergency relief to refugees travelling from war-torn countries.
Over the past week, the charity has provided aid to 2,250 refugees, mostly Syrian, but also Iraqi and Afghani refugees crossing into Europe for survival.
Human Appeal, which has been helping refugees in and around Syria since the conflict erupted in 2011, has travelled to Tabanovce, the Macedonia border with Serbia, Gevgelija, the Macedonia border with Greece and Lesvos, Greece, to distribute aid supplies.
Samra Said, a Human Appeal aid worker who has been distributing essential items to refugees in Macedonia, said: “It was devastating to see men, women and children who had not eaten. When they would hear the train arriving, which they had to get on to continue their journey of survival, the refugees were sent into a frenzied panic and I was crushed, begged and mobbed by hundreds of refugees desperate to get some food to survive.”
In the last two months, over 62,500 migrants have passed through Macedonian territory. Unicef have reported that nearly 10,000 people, approximately 40 per cent of whom were women and children, were registered crossing into the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia at Gevgelija from Greece between 1 and 6 September.
Many refugees are suffering from colds, diarrhoea, dehydration, blisters and sunburn due to combined effects of sea travel and weather. The refugees are now in desperate need of support and relief.
In addition to Human Appeal’s emergency aid work in Europe, the organisation has also offered support to local councils in the UK with the upcoming arrival of refugees. As well as offering to provide practical items such as food, Human Appeal will also provide cultural support, assisting new arrivals with their transition into everyday UK life. Human Appeal has not set an end date to its relief efforts in Europe - and has vowed to continue helping refugees for however long as is required.