Syrian refugees bring life to Italian village

A small Italian village, destined to be a ghost town has come alive with the arrival of Syrian refugees who have taken to the culture of the region

Syrian refugees bring life to Italian village

World Bulletin / News Desk

After fleeing the war of their homeland, Syrian refugees were given a warm welcome by the small town of Camini in southern Italy

In stark contrast to the transitory way of life in migration centres, the small village of Camini in southern Italy has helped bring a sense of normality to the Syrian family.

"The children are happy here, and so am I," Mohamed  al-Okla told Al Jazeera. "Here, it's calm, tranquil, it's good. We're now living in a democratic country and, most importantly, there is peace."

While the continuous influx of refugees is seen as a concern for most European nations, the Camini community has welcomed their arrival as it has helped bring new life to the village. 

Half a century ago, hundreds of locals were driven away by poverty and lack of opportunities.

But with homes being refurbished and children filling up classrooms, the town in the region of Calabria is undergoing a revival.

New jobs for all

Rosaria Zulzolo, who leads the cooperative, appreciates the increased business the inflow of refugees and migrants has brought.

"We never thought it would be like a resource for us," said Zulzolo. "We just wanted to receive people who were running away from war and offer them hospitality.

"And in this hospitality, we saw that shopkeepers were selling more goods, more work was being created."

Around 105,000 refugees and migrants have reached Italy by boat so far this year, according to data from the International Organization for Migration.

An estimated 2,726 men, women and children have died over the same period trying to make the journey.

The Syrian civil war has left more than 270,000 people dead in the past five years.

 

 

source: Al Jazeera

Last Mod: 03 Eylül 2016, 09:53
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