When asylum seekers landed in Italian vents last summer from around the Mediterranean, Portugal was among those European nations that stepped in to help out.
It provided lodging, support, and access to the nation’s health care systems to assist tens of thousands of refugees.
Now those people who have profited from this aid are demonstrating their dependence, by assisting in the nation’s struggle to include the coronavirus pandemic.
Nadege is among those five refugees who’ve been assisting, one of several Portuguese volunteers, at a solidarity kitchen organized by The Braga International School, in northern Portugal.
“And also to help those who have problems is a true joy for me.”
The kitchen has spread over 9,000 meals to people in need. Others are isolated at a campsite as they’re infected with COVID-19.
Syrian refugee Ahmad Sido says that he can envision what they’re facing.
“The disorder is similar to a war,” he explained. “It is more complex because people do not have food. We, people, know to assist and we assist.”
Similar initiatives have arisen in different areas of the nation. Back in Lisbon, a Syrian couple who have a restaurant was supplying meals to caregivers that are about the coronavirus frontline.