NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– As we continue to follow the Syrian refugee crisis, News 8 spoke with a local group that is spending millions of dollar to help those still struggling overseas.
The Knights of Columbus is very involved with what’s going on with refugees in the middle east, both in Iraq and in Syria. Certainly now there is a wave of refugees in Europe and elsewhere, with some coming to the United States.
There are photographs from the clinics and camps in Iraq. They are assisting those in need with food, clothing and finding them shelter. The organization is financing a clinic in Northern Iraq that sees thousands of people on a monthly basis. It’s a front-line medical situation for people who would otherwise have nothing.
Andrew Walther, the Vice President of Communications for Knights of Columbus, tells News 8 there is a critical need for humanitarian aid.
“What’s happening within these countries themselves is really unbelievable. People showed up in Kurdistan last year and they’ve been living in camps ever since, they are living in churches, they are sleeping on pews, they are being fed by the church. We are working with a clinic out of Slovakia to take care of their medical needs and it is just a enormous, enormous humanitarian disaster.”
Knight of Columbus has put almost $4 million into that region. The organization has a long history of providing humanitarian relief. They were there following the 9/11 terrorists attacks, the flooding in Mexico and provided assistance after hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Sandy.