According to UNCHR (the United Nations Refugee Agency), since the beginning of this year, over 320,000 people have crossed the Mediterranean Sea, undertaking treacherous journeys from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Libya and many other countries torn apart by war, persecution, violence and a horrifying list of human miseries.
Thousands of families are fleeing their homeland, risking their lives in one of the most dangerous and treacherous sea and land crossings. Many have no choice but to board over-crowded, flimsy boats to give their children a chance of survival and safety. For some, this desperate journey will be their last.
Almost 3,000 people have drowned trying to reach safety in Europe. The crossing is dangerous but for many families, who have lived through years of trauma and face ongoing conflict, fleeing their homes and making this journey is the only choice they feel they have.
The Southwark Refugee Communities Forum will be on the ground, providing basic needs assistance such as winter clothing to refugees arriving in Europe.
But, with so many in need, a donation today is vital and will help SRCF to improve their surviving conditions and protect families who have been forced to flee their homes.
Please come and join us for a vigil held on Wednesday 23rdSeptember 2015 at 6.30pm at St Giles Church, Camberwell Church Street, SE5 8RB.
Nearest tube – Elephant & Castle underground station (Northern and Bakerloo lines).
Nearest Railway Station – Elephant & Castle
Buses from Elephant and Castle – ask bus driver for Burgess Park. Bus numbers: 12, 171, 148, 176, 68, 484, 42, 40, 45