The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (or UNHCR – the UN refugee agency) recently sent a delegation to visit the migrant detention centers on the Greek island of Lesvos (see here or here for some context). The conditions were appalling:
Both men [the UNHCR representative and a Greek government official] condemned the poor conditions, which included about 200 women and children living in one ward with just two toilets and one shower. They saw damp mattresses soiled by water leaking from the toilets.
The UNHCR delegation urged that the detention center be closed – due to overcrowding and squalid conditions. It’s easy (even necessary) to be critical. But what about affecting change? And what about the church? Forgive me for being unrealistic, but I’m dreaming of a Church that mobilizes compassion workers and resources with greater zeal than the nations call up armies of intimidation and destruction. I do believe that God is able. But is His church available?
Deputy Minister Vougias, visiting Pagani [the detention center] during his first week in office, apologized to the detainees, who are mainly from Afghanistan and Somalia. “What I have seen today is a human tragedy, with conditions in which no human being should be kept,” he said.
Read the UNHCR press release here.
What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. – Micah 6:8