Athens and the Refugee Crisis

Please find below an update on the activities of the churches within the POLIS network related to the refugee crisis over the past four months.

EXARCHEIA CHURCH, FIRST GREEK & FAROS

It’s more than two months now since we first opened our “day center” in Elpidos St. —which means “street of hope”— right at the heart of Victoria Square, the place most refugees make a beeline for as soon as they get off the boat in Athens. Looking back over the past few weeks, we were initially afraid and skeptical about the whole initiative; both the extent of the needs and the transitory nature of the movements of refugees made the whole task seem like something beyond our means. Eventually, we calmed ourselves down, as we came to the realisation that: “even if it runs for two months it will have been worth the risk”. 

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