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 help meet their physical, emotional and spiritual needs as they are in transit.

Refugee Ministry Photos

Men at a bus station in Budapest

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

Refugees get some rest in transit through Budapest

People sleep on the ground inside the large tents.

Refugees wait to board a bus

Some wait to board a bus.

refugees wait in line

Refugee life involves a lot of waiting in lines: waiting for transportation, food, paperwork and more.

Hungarians tell refugees, welcome to Budapest

Hungarians use a chalk wall to write notes welcoming the refugees, while those passing through will write their names on the wall to mark their presence in Budapest.

Chalk wall with messages encouraging refugees

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

Volunteers serve refugees

Volunteers from aid organizations and missionary agencies help distribute food to refugees while they are in transit.

A Pioneer passes out hot coffee

One Pioneer passes out hot coffee.

handing out hygiene items for refugees

These workers are istributing hygiene kits with essential items for people on the move.

A man rests at a Budapest bus station

People take space where they can get it to rest and sleep. The media, meanwhile, publicize the crisis and stir people to help.

smiling refugees have tickets to continue

These travelers are happy about the newly acquired tickets that will help them continue their journeys into Western Europe.

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