Media CenterFrom OSV: The 'Moral Imperative' to Help Refugees
The Syrian civil war is approaching its five year anniversary. The ongoing war has resulted in 250,000 deaths and uprooted the lives of more than 11 million people. Our Sunday Visitor sat down with Catholic Relief Services' Bill O'Keefe, vice president for government relations and advocacy, to discuss the ongoing situation facing millions of refugees in Europe. In the Q&A, Bill recalls encounter with a Syrian refugee:
"I met a Syrian woman there with six children. Her sixth child had been born three days before in the camp. I saw her during Advent, and I thought, “Jesus, Mary, Joseph … no room at the inn … we’re part of providing room at the inn.” The transient camp had a heated building which offered a safe, dignified place in which she could have her baby."