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21 June 16 | Ban Ki-moon
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The world should be building bridges between people instead of building walls, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday, during a visit to the Athens Solidarity Center which offers medical, psychological, legal and social services to vulnerable people, including refugees.

 

Ban spoke to volunteers, employees and refugees, as well as representatives of international organizations and the board of the NGO “Solidarity Now”, which coordinates and supports financially the center. He described the refugee crisis as an international issue and asked the international community to provide humanitarian help.

“I can understand the challenges created as hundreds of thousands of people arrive every day,” he said.

“The numbers are large. However, this is not a crisis of numbers; it’s a crisis of solidarity.”

Ban then urged European and Asian countries to expand the legal routes for refugees and provide education, work opportunities and scholarships to the newcomers.

He also said the U.N.’s general meeting will discuss the refugee crisis on September 19.

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