Migrants living in tent cities in Santiago, Chile
The St. Columban House of Hospitality for Migrants in Santiago, Chile provides food, shelter, lodging, and a welcoming place for the many migrants arriving in Chile. Over the past few years, Chile has received nearly 1.5 million migrants who are escaping from poverty, violence, and repression. In Santiago, many migrants are living in tents in parks and plazas.
This video shares some of what migrants are experiencing as well as how the Columban Migrant Ministry in Chile is accompanying them.
"The church cannot ignore this situation," said Columban Fr. Daniel Harding. "If we truly want to follow Jesus, we have to welcome the migrants, support them, help them. We can't throw people out on the street. We have to give them a chance to get established."