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Serving Eritrean Refugees in France

The United Nations estimates that hundreds of thousands of Eritreans have fled injustice and oppression in their northern African homeland in recent years, seeking shelter in Europe. Touched by their plight, Belgian and Dutch SSIO volunteers collected materials to help refugees living in camps in northern France. Working with members of the Veurne Sathya Sai Group in southern Belgium and the Zebrapad Veurne organisation, which manages a warehouse for serving refugees, the volunteers collected and transported various goods to the warehouse in February 2017. SSIO members subsequently moved fresh vegetables and essential foods by road to Steenvoorde, France, to serve Eritrean refugees at a day shelter. The volunteers then transported the remaining food to a refugee camp in Norrent-Fontes, serving hundreds of refugees. The SSIO has served thousands at the latter camp during the last eight years. Sathya Sai volunteers conversed lovingly with the refugees and were grateful for the opportunity to help.

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