The Red Cross appeals to the governments of Europe to help Syrian refugees

Ibrahim Malla
Suomen Punaisen Ristin kuva-arkisto

Petitioning for the reception of Syrian refugees, will be addressed to the representatives of the various groups of the Finnish Parliament On Friday, 7 March.

The Red Cross appeals to the governments of Europe to help Syrian refugees.The crisis in Syria is the worst we have seen in a century. The UN estimates that Syrians will soon be the largest single group of refugees in the world. Nearly two and a half million people have registered as refugees in countries bordering Syria. Half of them are children. For example, in refugee camps in Lebanon some 10,000 children under the age of 5 are suffering from malnutrition, and of these, about 1,800 are starving. According to the UNHCR, the number of Syrian refugees will reach four million before the end of 2014. The lives of aid workers are also often at risk.

On Friday, 7 March, 2014 at the Visitors Centre of the Parliament Annex of Pikkuparlamentti (Little Parliament), an appeal to the decision-makers of Europe, petitioning for the reception of Syrian refugees, will be addressed to the representatives of the various groups of the Finnish Parliament. The petition is part of ECRE’s Europe Act Now campaign.

Refugees need a home

The Finnish Red Cross is inviting you to learn more about life as a refugee. On Friday, 7 March, 2014, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.,a refugee tent will be erected at the Visitors Centre of the Parliament Annex of Pikkuparlamentti (Little Parliament), Arkadiankatu 3, Helsinki. The authentic sounds and appearance of a refugee camp, and other related items, will let you experience something of the reality of being a refugee.

The event launches a Red Cross refugee tent tour, the impact of which is aimed at encouraging municipalities to take in refugees. In 2014, three tent units will tour Finland and be erected on at least 21 sites. The volunteers organising the tent programme will tell people about life in a refugee camp and answer questions about refugees. They will supply information about the Red Cross and its work with refugees in the hope of encouraging more people to get involved with decisions to bring refugees into their area.

The tent tours are organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, as well as regional Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centres).