Deacon Scott Haner, of Louisville and CRS Global Fellow provides his observation of the work being done for the refugees in the Balkans:
Today’s global refugee crisis represents a “river of humanity” moving at levels not seen since the close of World War II. As refugees travel for many months to reach places where they can seek asylum, they have many needs – food, warmer clothing, medical care, shelter, etc. And let’s not forget their psychological needs; this is a time of great stress and anxiety. I was heartened by the myriad of groups, from all faith and secular traditions that focused on the need and volunteered to help the refugees. Catholic Relief Services (CRS), local Caritas groups, Balkans Center for Migration, Foundation Ana and Vlade Divac, Orthodox Philanthropy, Doctors without Borders, World Vision, and the Red Cross all working together. They hold coordination meetings weekly and execute in flawless fashion. It’s nice to see likeminded organizations focusing on a common goal and making a real difference for those in need.