For the first time since the war in the Balkans, Norwegian Church Aid starts a emergency operation in Europe
-The needs are enormous and acute, says Anne-Marie Helland, General Secretary of Norwegian Church Aid.
Norwegian Church Aid and partners are supplying sanitation and hygiene equipment, baby sets and small baby equipment that refugees can bring on their journey further in Europe. Norwegian Church Aid has been asked by the UN to support with especially water, sanitation and hygiene equipment (WASH).
In Serbia Norwegian Church Aid and partners through the ACT Alliance are present at the border between Serbia and Macedonia. In Presevo, we are working in a refugee center who receives between 3.000 and 7.000 refugees every day.
International Norwegian Church Aid is present in the greek islands Chios, Samos and Kos. In August alone, 80.000 refugees arrived the islands, and the numbers are expected to rise with 70% in September. The needs are already large, and will be increasing with the increasing wave of refugees.
In Greece, our work is focusing on meeting the refugees coming to the islands by boat. Here we are distributing food, blankets, hygiene equipment and water.
In Hungary, the International Norwegian Church Aid is present to meet the refugees who are coming to the country. The large flow of refugees are met with distribution of food and clean water.