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A school occupied by refugees in Shaklawa, 50 km north of Erbil

Iraq crisis: Medicines for 10,000 displaced Christians and minorities

Cologne, 22/08/2014

Back to school means thousands of displaced will soon be homeless

Malteser International, the worldwide relief agency of the Order of Malta, will secure medical assistance for 10,000 displaced Christians and minorities in north Iraq over a period of three months. A shipment containing drugs, medical supplies and hygiene items will be distributed to the camps around Erbil through the humanitarian agency’s network on the ground.

Refugee camp in the gardens of Zugliget Church in 1989

Hungary: the day the fall of the iron curtain changed history

Budapest, 21/08/2014

Hungary and the Order of Malta celebrate the Order’s key role in supporting East German refugees. Messages of Angela Merkel and Fra’ Matthew Festing.

On August 14, 1989, the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta set up in the garden of Zugliget parish church in Budapest the first refugee camp to deal with the tens of thousands of East German refugees fleeing into Hungary. For an intense period of over three months the Service cared for almost 47,000 refugees. The event, known as the Day of Welcoming, is marked every year.

Latest interventions of the Order of Malta in the World
A corridor in the Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza

Humanitarian aid for Gaza victims

Rome, 17/08/2014

The Order of Malta’s hospital in Bethlehem sends essential medicines to the general hospital on the Gaza Strip

The recent conflict in Gaza has been devastating in terms of 2000 lives lost,  9500 wounded and almost a quarter of the population displaced. All the infrastructure (electricity, access to water, transport, health and schools) has been seriously damaged. A great number of hospitals and health centres – destroyed or damaged by the fighting – are only partially functioning.

Latest interventions of the Order of Malta in the World

Holland Hosts Thirty-first International Summer Camp

Harskamp, 16/08/2014

Over 500 participants in the event that removes all barriers

An unforgettable experience. This is how participants describe the Order of Malta’s summer camp for the young disabled. For thirty-one consecutive years the Order’s members and volunteers have been getting together for an intense week in which they take care of their disabled contemporaries, removing all physical and mental barriers. This year 23 countries – with Canada participating for the first time – will be represented.

Latest interventions of the Order of Malta in the World