The first of 1,000 refugees from camps in Lebanon, Morocco and Ethiopia have arrived in Italy through a ‘Humanitarian Corridors’ project organised by the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy, the Sant’ Egidio religious community and the Italian government.
Last week, a Syrian family traveled to Italy from Lebanon through the first such ‘safe corridor’. The family included a seriously ill seven-year-old girl who is now being treated at the Bambin Gesù Hospital in Rome.
Italian churches have committed to provide housing, cultural orientation and language lessons for the refugees during their first months in Italy.
Around 100 more refugees, including both Christians and Muslims, will fly to Italy from Lebanon in the next few weeks after Humanitarian Corridors leaders helped them obtain humanitarian visas.
For more details on the first refugees arriving in Italy through the Humanitarian Corridors project see the World Council of Churches (WCC) website.