Samaritan's Purse Responding to Refugee Crisis in Europe

September 7, 2015 • Europe
Refugees are rushing through Hungary on their way to other countries.
Refugees are rushing through Hungary on their way to other countries.

Our staff and local partners will be meeting urgent needs in Hungary and other affected European countries.

Hundreds of thousands of refugees desperate to start new lives in the West have rapidly streamed through Europe this year, overwhelming certain nations along their path. It is the largest crisis of its kind in the region since the Second World War.

Samaritan’s Purse is deploying personnel to Hungary and other affected countries to meet the immediate needs of displaced people in coordination with local churches.

Many of these men, women, and children are in a mad scramble to transit through the Balkans and Hungary in search of better opportunities—sometimes exiting countries in less than 24 hours.

A typical route takes refugees—many from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan—by land or sea to Turkey and/or Greece, then through the Balkans and Hungary, and then onto Austria, Germany, the United Kingdom or other northern European nations.

Well over 4 million refugees have fled Syria since violence erupted in the spring of 2011.

The German government has in recent days said it will take in up to 800,000 Syrian refugees this year. The United Kingdom has also said it will take in thousands more Syrians. Well over 4 million refugees have fled Syria since the start of a now four-year-old civil war.

Please pray for the safety of those moving through Europe now, and ask God to bless our work as we seek to provide physical relief and share the love of Christ with them. Please pray for wisdom for Samaritan’s Purse staff around the world as our response continues to develop. Finally, pray for our personnel on the ground and those who will be joining them shortly.

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