State Secretary for the Aid of Persecuted Christians and the Hungary Helps Program Tristan Azbej in Ghana
This year, Hungary will support programs worth 1.4 billion forints (3.7 million euros) in 25 countries in the framework of the Hungary Helps Program, which contributes to helping people stay in their local communities, the minister said in a video posted on his social media page on Sunday.
Péter Szijjártó said that today’s world faces many severe challenges. Among these, the war in Ukraine is at the top of the news agenda, and today we talk less about health challenges, pandemics ravaging the world, the worsening migratory pressure, the increasing spread of terrorism, and the rise of extremist ideologies.
He stressed that people in many parts of the world have to live their lives amid serious daily challenges. Szijjártó stressed that “bringing everyone to Europe” had failed in recent years. Instead, everyone should be helped to stay at home in their place of residence,” he added. The foreign minister said that
help should go to where the trouble is, instead of bringing trouble to where there is no trouble for the time being.”
According to Szijjártó, Hungary has so far supported communities in 50 countries around the world by developing schools, hospitals, and infrastructure. He said that Hungary, due to its thousand-year Christian statehood, focuses on supporting Christian communities that face hardship in many parts of the world. The program also focuses on Africa, where the spread of extremist ideologies, partly due to food shortages and difficulties caused by natural disasters, is exacerbating the threat of terrorism, he said.
He noted that the Middle East and Asia remain a focus, and Hungary is also looking at the Western Balkans, where migration is making life difficult for people.
Featured photo via Facebook/Hungary Helps