500 people take part in a “solidarity brunch” with Brussels refugees
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500 people take part in a “solidarity brunch” with Brussels refugees

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Loïc Fraiture is clear that by offering brunch during the Christmas period, the aim is to send out a message of sharing, welcome and solidarity to refugees.
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Some 500 people took part in a “solidarity brunch” with refugees on Sunday. The action was on the initiative of the network Friendships Without Borders. Every Friday they are offering breakfast to the migrants in Maximilian Park.

Loïc Fraiture, who is the manager for Friendships Without Borders, says, “During this Christmas period, the objective of offering brunch is to send out a message of sharing, welcome and solidarity. This runs counter to the migration policy applied by the government.”

He went on, “For several months now the effort to mobilise citizens to help refugees in this way has been as incredible as it has been unseen before. Solidarity is their response to state failure in this sphere. During the preparation of this third year of the ‘solidarity brunch’ we have been able to assess the generosity of citizens. This is because 35 volunteers from Brussels, Wallonia and Flanders, helped us enable the refugees to eat by providing food. Moreover, overall more than 100 volunteers have contacted us to lend a hand.”

Christopher Vincent
The Brussels Times