ROME — The sun has yet to rise when Ayman, his wife Rawia and his three daughters and at the Fiumicino airport in Rome. Rawia carries her youngest in her arms from the airplane to the terminal. Around them, passengers rush toward the gates.
Their arrival is part of the humanitarian corridors project, an effort by Italy’s Sant’Egidio Catholic Community that has brought some 850 refugees to the country on an officially sanctioned, safe route.
“When we left our home in Syria, everything was destroyed,” says Ayman, 36. “I meant to come here by boat, via Turkey, but I stopped before boarding — I could not leave my family behind,” he says, gazing at Nuor, Nagham, and Natali.
They traveled from Homs, he says, a city that has become the stage of merciless fighting between insurgent groups and Syrian government forces since 2011.
“The only effective way to fight against illegal immigration and reckless human trafficking is to build up real alternatives,” says Andrea Riccardi, who founded Sant’Egidio as a secondary student in Rome in the 1960s. Today, the community has more than 50,000 members in 70 countries. Along with the Federation of Evangelical Churches and the Waldensian Table, a Christian movement dating back to the 12th century, Riccardi’s organization launched the humanitarian corridors project in February 2016.
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