ROME, FEBRUARY 25 – One year of humanitarian corridors will be celebrated at Fiumicino Airport by welcoming in Italy 125 refugees from Siria. The new groups will arrive in Rome via Beirut on February 27 and March 2. “One year from the first arrivals, we reach the number of 700 people rescued from Damascus, Homs, Aleppo. Among them many children born with the war, who have known the peace in our country”, the Community of St. Egidio, who is among the Italian Ngos organizing the program, said in a statement posted online.
The first group of refugees from the war in Syria arrived in Italy in February 2016: with next week arrivals the number of resettled refugees will raise to over 700. “It seemed a dream, for them and for us, to help whole families, who had lost everything, to start a new life. Around them an extraordinary movement of solidarity has grown up: many have offered help, even offering homes. This has shown the beautiful face of Italy, which encourages and supports us to continue”, the Community added in the note.
The Waldesian Table and the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy pooled resources with St. Egidio to facilitate the program. The Italian government gave the blessing and helped with visas and with the red tape. On Monday the founder of the Community Andrea Riccardi will be at Fiumicino with the president of FCEI, Luca Maria Negro, and Susanna Pietra, from the Waldesian Table, along with a small of refugees from previous arrivals. The Italian Government will be represented by the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Mario Giro and the Undersecretary for the Interiors, Domenico Manzione. (@OnuItalia)