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Ramallah Representative Talks to USA members on the Middle East

Sep 23, 2015

Over 300 Knights and Dames of Malta gathered to hear about the activities of the Sovereign Order of Malta in the Middle East

On September 11th, on the occasion of the annual investiture of new members of the Sovereign Order of Malta, over 300 members of the Federal Association of the Order gathered in Washington D.C. to hear the Representative and the Minister Counsellor of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Ramallah discuss the current situation in the Middle East, and the many places and ways in which the Sovereign Order of Malta is serving those in need in the face of this unprecedented crisis.

Ambassador Justin SimpsonAmbassador Justin Sterling Simpson and Minister Counsellor Mrs Michele Burke Bowe described to the audience the range of activities currently being undertaken in service to those in need in Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Turkey in particular, ranging from the provision of primary health care and shelter to clean water, specialist medical treatments and psycho-social care for those traumatised by their experiences.

In addition, Ambassador Simpson described the activities of the Order in Austria, Hungary and Germany, where volunteers are manning aid stations providing shelter, aid and advice to transiting refugees and migrants. "You may be surprised to know", said Ambassador Simpson, "that over 50% of the more than 400,000 refugees that entered Germany during 2014 passed through welcome centres run by the Order of Malta".

 

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