Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Volunteers Help Migrants Along Italy/France Border

I feel a bit guilty about posting bad news about migration in Europe (like a few hours ago).  So here is a feel good story from Europe that is appropriate for the holiday season.

John Leicester of the Associated Press writes how a network of hundreds of volunteers working along the Italy-France border are providing comfort and shelter to migrants making the trek up the freezing Alps.  

Since around 2016, volunteers have come "[a]rmed with thermoses of hot tea and the belief that their own humanity would be diminished if they left pregnant women, children and men young and old to fend for themselves," writes Leicester"... In the Alps, on both sides of the border, the approach is essentially humanist and humanitarian, grounded in local traditions of not leaving people alone against the elements." 


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