Residents’ help wanted to support Saharan refugees

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© By European Commission DG ECHO, Wikimedia Commons

TORREVIEJA is calling on residents to donate food and blankets to help Saharan refugees.

Councillor for NGO’s, Carmen Morate, was accompanied by members of the ‘Sahara Commitment’ association in appealing for help to support those affected by the floods caused by recent rains.
Sahara Commitment is preparing a shipment of food, blankets and medicines to try and alleviate the situation and Torrevieja is supporting the solidarity movement.

All those interested in and able to contribute non-perishable food, cans, toiletries, blankets and medicine (such as Ibuprofen) can do so by taking items to Las Rocas physiotherapy centre, Mi Pequeño Mundo nursery, Paya’s dance school, Central Clinic Torrevieja and the Municipal Sports Centre.

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Carmen Perez, a member of the association, explained: “There has been flooding due to heavy rains that have occurred. People have had to leave the refugee camps and go to higher ground in the mountains to find refuge as their makeshift houses have collapsed.” Carmen added: “These people had very little but what they did have they no longer have. They have lost everything and yet there is very little media coverage about their situation.”

The organisation has arranged for a shipment of supplies to leave later this month and a solidarity dinner to help raise funds to cover the cost of getting items to the Sahara takes place on November 22 at Restaurant Cabo Cervera.

Torrevieja hosts and welcomes numerous Saharawi children during the summer month in the city who are looked after and cared for by host families as part of the ‘Holidays of Peace’ programme.

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