Bringing migrants, refugees and communities closer together.
War, exploitation, poverty, natural disasters or the desire for a fairer, better life, are causing people to leave their homes. It’s one of the greatest challenges of our time.
As a result, our world faces not a migration crisis, but a crisis of global solidarity. Caritas Cyprus is part of a worldwide campaign to reach out to migrants, change perceptions, open hearts and minds, and strengthen the bonds that unite us all.
Keep an eye out for events and updates on this page!
Also, visit journey.caritas.org for more information.
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On Wednesday September 27th, Caritas Cyprus launched a two-year global campaign of action…
At his general audience Sept. 27, Pope Francis and international leaders of Catholic charities urged Catholics to “Share the Journey” and extend a hand to migrants and refugees. We also talked to Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, president of Caritas Internationalis, and to Sister Norma Pimentel, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. Full stories: http://wp.me/p5DZKA-3NW and http://wp.me/p5DZKA-3O6 #ShareJourney
Posted by Catholic News Service on Wednesday, September 27, 2017
As part of the “Share the Journey” global campaign, Caritas Cyprus launched a monthly online feature entitled “In the Spotlight: 12 Months. 12 Stories. 12 Opportunities to Meet a Migrant.”
This monthly online feature will delve into the intricacies of migrants’ journeys on their way to the island of Cyprus. Each story aspires to convey the necessity and at times difficulties of these journeys, all the while getting to know a plethora of nationalities, cultures, ideas and people.
He was loosely wearing a pair of bright red headphones around his neck and showing a photo of a young girl on the screen of his cell phone.
From afar, I can just about make out what he’s saying: “This is my daughter; she was three years old,” he says. “I’m so sorry,” replies a lady standing in the middle of the room. Read more…
At six months pregnant, Ladan fled her homeland in an attempt to bring safety to her unborn child after persecution by her family for marrying someone outside her tribe. Now, nurturing her baby girl in shelter provided by Caritas Cyprus, Ladan talks about the safety she has found amongst us. Read more…
“My father didn’t want to think about the possibility of me fighting in the war, my family was worried about me… they bought me a ticket to leave Damascus,” recalls Adam, who has been in Nicosia for the past four months.
Born into a family of architects and engineers, Adam’s family prospered in developing villages around Damascus prior to 2012. “The war began in the villages we were working in,” reveals Adam, “our business was blown up, all the buildings we constructed in villages blew up, everything just blew up,” he adds. Read more…
“Leemu arrived alone to Cyprus at the age of seventeen, leaving his grandmother behind in Gambia, his sole family member. Upon arrival, Leemu spent six months at a shelter for unaccompanied minors, a locale that provides accommodation for children under eighteen who travel alone to seek asylum..’ Read more..
Having lost her parents, Mary lived in a village with her uncle who was approached by ‘someone’ who could provide a better future for his niece. “They told me it was better for me to go somewhere where I can make a living, that I will live with a woman… that she will take me in as a mother or as her child, that was the plan that was meant to be,” says Mary. “I didn’t know where I was going when I left, I just knew I was going to Europe. My uncle told me that I was going to another country where I will have a better living. At the airport, Read more…