Many of these children have escaped war and conflict only to end up in camps many of them call ‘hell’, where they say they are made to feel more like animals than humans.
"May God preserve the memory of the Armenian people. Memories should not be watered down or forgotten; memory is a source of peace and of the future."
“Europe has the power to save and protect people. It’s a just question of political will to provide safe ways for people to enter Europe without risking their lives.”
This year’s theme was ‘Forced to Flee’ which inspired a moving and thought-provoking selection of poems on the themes of displacement and seeking refuge.
As Pope Francis visits Greece, Trócaire expresses deep concern at the recent EU-Turkey deal that facilitates large-scale return of asylum seekers to Turkey.
“The world urgently needs to bring peace to Syria to stop the completely unacceptable suffering of the Syrian people" - Éamonn Meehan, Executive Director, Trócaire.
The conflict in Syria could come to an end much more quickly if the US would pressure its allies to stop aiding extremist groups: Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart of Aleppo.
Pontiff calls on heads of state and international organisations to recognise the truth of what happened in Armenian genocide in which 1.5m lost their lives.
On second day of Turkey visit, Pontiff prays with Grand Mufti at Blue Mosque and later prays with Ecumenical Patriarch and celebrates Mass for Catholic communities.