ROME FIUMICINO, JANUARY 30 – A new group of 30 Syrian refugees arrived at Fiumicino airport from Syria thanks to an ecumenical initiative, the ‘humanitarian corridors’ promoted by the Community of Sant’Egidio, the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy and the Waldesian Table. Of this new group 13 were children, some in need of medical treatment. Two children were admitted in the pediatric hospital of Bambin Gesu’ in Rome.
The project provides a safe and legal way for refugees to migrate to Italy from war-stricken countries like Syria. So far in over one thousand refugees were able to reach Europe thanks to the initiative launched two years ago and which has been imitated by countries such as France and Belgium. Yesterday another small group of 40 refugees arrived from Beirut to Paris.
Today the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Marito Giro and Undersecretary Enzo Amendola joined Marco Impagliazzo of Comunità di Sant’Egidio and Luca Maria Negro of FCEI in welcoming the refugees at the airport. “We are trying to protect people who are trying to escape from war. There is a war in Syria which is far from ending”, said Impagliazzo, while Giro underlined that the corridors “work well as a model, born out the desire to give a reasonable and effective answer to the tragedy of war”. (@OnuItalia)