Photo Essay – European Refugee Crisis

Responding to Huge Needs

Pioneers in Europe are responding to the refugee crisis as travelers from Syria and Iraq make their way to Western Europe. These victims of war live daily in hopes of finding a new place to make a home for their families. And Pioneers on the ground are doing their best to help meet physical, emotional and spiritual needs while they are in transit.

This train station in Budapest, Hungary, became a temporary refugee camp for Syrians, Iraqis and others trying to travel to Western Europe.

People sleep on the ground inside the tents.

Some wait to board a bus.

Refugee life involves a lot of waiting.

Hungarians use a chalk wall to write notes welcoming the refugees, and the refugees write their names to mark their presence in Budapest.

Another chalk wall is marked with instructions in Arabic for travel and messages of solidarity from people of other Arab nations.

Volunteers from aid organizations and missionary agencies—including Pioneers—help to distribute food.

One Pioneer passes out hot coffee.

Distributing hygiene kits.

People take space where they can get it to rest and sleep. The media take photos and videos to publicize the crisis.

Happy travelers with newly acquired tickets to keep traveling.

Read the story of one miracle God did for a sick, pregnant Syrian refugee at this Budapest train station, and see a broader view of what Pioneers is doing to help refugees through the Victims of War project.

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