Yes, they have only come in search of asylum, but they have turned to helping hands for those from whom they seek asylum. The 6.2 magnitude earthquake that struck in Italy made them proffer helping hands to the affected community. These asylum seekers conferred among themselves to help the affected community by donating money to help the affected individuals.
The said earthquake took along with it the lives of up to 250 people in the affected community. Aside the dead, quite a number of others were displaced after the earthquake took their homes along with it. The money these asylum seekers donated was able to help resettle and finance the basic needs of those who were displaced by the earthquake.
Aside donating money to help the victims of the earthquake, these asylum seekers equally lent hands to clear off the debris and dirt left by the earthquake in its wake. These individuals have proved to be impressive helping hands since news of the earthquake broke out. Their helps have proved to be valuable over the days. Their lines of action had baffled charity workers in no small measure.
These asylum seekers number up to 70. They are located at the southern region of Calabria and they willingly parted with 2 euro of their daily allowance to provide urgently required help to survivors of the earthquake.
According to the local coordinator of Protection System for Refugee and Asylum Seekers (SPRAR project), Giovanni Maiolo, these asylum seekers were forced to remember the disasters and wars that forced them out of their countries to seek asylum when they were shown the videos and pictures of the earthquake. In his word: “Pictures and video of the earthquake made them think of the wars and disasters they fled from”.
The earthquake occurred on Wednesday, August 24th in a cluster of mountains located at the eastern part of Rome. The area affected extends by 140km; that is about 85 miles. The earthquake occurred in the night while the residents of the area were sleeping.