No.8 - From life and death to Church asylum
Journeys of Hope dispatch number eight (30 March 2016): in this concluding dispatch, Danielle Vella reflects on the game of Russian roulette that almost everyone she has spoken to has played to reach Europe.
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No.7 - The people here are kind
Journeys of Hope dispatch number seven (23 March 2016): "Don’t be afraid, you're safe, you’re in Germany." These were the first words Sara heard when she stumbled out of the truck that had just taken her from Hungary to the promised land. Police caught Sara, her husband Mustafa, and their five-year-old son but were quick to offer reassurance. 
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No.6 - If people are crying, no one hears
Journeys of Hope dispatch number six (16 March 2016): Rose started playing football when she was seven. “I play very well,” she says seriously. “It is my profession. Many teams appreciated me.” So much so, a team snapped her up when she was 12.
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No.5 - The other route: going through hell
Journeys of Hope dispatch number five (9 March 2016): “I am never going back to Somalia, ever.” Yasmin’s firm determination not to return to her home country is more than justified. The 19-year-old girl left to avoid the unwelcome advances of a member of the Al-Shabaab terrorist group. Saying no was not an option. “Someone from Al-Shabab wanted to marry a friend of mine and her father said ‘no’. Both father and daughter were killed.”
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No.4 - My last chance
Journeys of Hope dispatch number four (2 March 2016): Refugees who face a terrifying journey to seek life over death deserve praise for their courage. This came to me powerfully in recent weeks when I met so many travelling the Balkan route to find asylum in Europe. And especially when I listened to Qusai, who needed an extra dose of courage to make the risky choices he did, despite his unique vulnerability. 


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No.3 - Listen to the story behind
Journeys of Hope dispatch number three (24 February 2016): "No one even listens to the story behind." With these words, Iva, a young Croatian woman who works for Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), neatly summed up the most glaring concern in Europe’s so-called refugee crisis.


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No.2 - Breaking family ties
Journeys of Hope dispatch number two (17 February 2016): The photo was no bigger than the palm of my hand, the formal portrait of an Afghan family of seven. The distraught father took the photo from his wallet with shaking fingers, and placed it in my hands together with his wife’s ID card. 


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No.1 - A hope that knows no borders
Journeys of Hope dispatch number one (10 February 2016): It is their sheer relief and hope that are most striking… more than their foolhardy courage, the dangers and deprivations of their journey, and their terrible experiences.


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