Abidjan, 19 December, 2020 / 2:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The leadership of the global confederation of Catholic relief agencies, Caritas Internationalis (CI), is offering help and comfort to migrants leaving Africa for Europe through Mali, housing them and providing them with “support and advice on their journey.”
The support to the migrants is realized at Caritas Migrant House in Mali’s Gao township, CI leadership indicates in a report on the occasion of International Migrants Day marked December 18 annually.
“Caritas migrant house is a sanctuary where migrants can find support and advice on their journey,” CI officials say in the December 18 report.
As migrants passing through the town of Gao in Mali on their way to Europe prepare for “their daunting journey across the Sahara Desert”, Caritas Migrant House “welcomes and offers them help and comfort,” officials of CI say in the report.
During the pandemic, the number of migrants arriving in Gao has increased to an average of 300 per day. Caritas has kept the door open throughout the period, they say.