The Friendship Tent opens for refugees in Lesbos: Sant'Egidio launches a summer of solidarity

 Thousands of refugees are still living on the Greek island of Lesbos and the Community has joined them again this year for a third summer of solidarity. The first groups, coming from various European countries (Italy, Poland, Slovakia and others), arrived a few days ago, just before Muslims' week-long celebration of Eid al-Adha, the anniversary of Abraham's sacrifice.

Sant'Egidio has set up a large red and yellow tent, the Friendship Tent close to the refugee camp ("Moria2", built near the sea after a fire destroyed the old camp last September) hosting about 4500 people, .

Here, in compliance with anti-Covid rules, the Community spread a festive atmosphere among Afghan and African refugees of Islamic religion, mostly from Congo, Burundi and Somalia. Everyone received a packet of traditional sweets, each family a shopping packet with rice, sauce, tuna, bread and biscuits. The children were given toys, pens, pencils and sweets.

This is just the beginning of the #santegidiosummer which will see around 250 volunteers from many European countries coming together until the end of August to provide food, teach children and young people, and offer language courses.

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