After the tragedy of the terrorist attacks in Paris and its international conference in Geneva at the beginning of December, the Red Cross would like to provide some useful information concerning the migration crisis and urges everyone to show compassion.
The 18th December is International Migrants Day. A commemorative date which is particularly meaningful this year for humanitarian workers across Europe.
For months, Italian and Monegasque Red Cross volunteers, together with their colleagues from the French Red Cross, have been working on a day-to-day basis to provide hot meals, care and basic hygiene products, as well as spend some time with the 100 to 300 migrants installed at Ventimiglia station. Since the beginning of the operation, over 14,000 people have passed through this camp and have benefitted from the financial and operational support of the Red Cross at this strategic border point.
At global level, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has been making every effort over the past few months to provide clear and detailed information on the migration crisis worldwide. The website “Protect Humanity” is first and foremost a reliable and trustworthy source of information provided for each continent, featuring texts, witness accounts, social networks, photos, videos and figures concerning migration across the globe.
Following the terrorist attacks in Paris, which have already had a dramatic impact on humanitarian support as far as the migration crisis in Europe is concerned, it is more important than ever to point out that the large majority of refugees have fled from advanced terrorist situations in their own countries.
When logging on to the page Protect Humanity, visitors will be asked to sign a petition which has been launched worldwide, and to reflect upon three questions:
- What would you do if your home country had become a life threat??
- What would you do if the only way to save your children was to put them on a boat in the middle of the night?
- What would you do if there was no way back?
The Monegasque Red Cross is joining the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement to raise international awareness with regard to migration. Whatever happens, it will continue its action for the benefit of the most vulnerable. In order to do this, it needs your voice and your signature. Together, help us to maintain this precious humanity which guides our action.
In this respect, we would like to share with you, through a short video clip, a few minutes of smiles which will not leave you indifferent. So, follow the example of Charlie Winston and “Say Something”!