The National Secretary of Justice, Augusto de Arruda Botelho, visited this Friday (17) 13 returnees from the Gaza Strip housed in a shelter inside São Paulo. During the conversation, the group once again called on the federal government to rescue close family members who are still in the most critical region of the conflict between Israel and Hamas.
“They are fine, they are welcome, but they are all very worried about their families in Gaza and have asked again for help to get them out of there. I reinforced what President Lula said, that he will do his best to leave no one behind,” Botelho said. CNN.
On Thursday (16), President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) spoke with Israeli President Isaac Herzog. During the phone call, which lasted 40 minutes, the president thanked the 32 Brazilians and their families for leaving and announced that the country was preparing a new list to rescue more people.
During the visit, the secretary informed the group that several companies have contacted the National Secretariat of Justice (Senajus) to offer vacancies to returnees. Federal government technicians will identify each person’s profile to facilitate the search for suitable opportunities.
Technicians from the Ministries of Health and Social Development will remain at the shelter until next week to adapt the families who arrived from Gaza last Monday (13). There, the group receives Portuguese lessons and psychological assistance.
According to Augusto Botelho, all returnees present have already registered to receive social benefits from the federal government, including Bolsa Família.
A total of 22 returnees from Gaza arrived on Wednesday afternoon (15) at the shelter located inside São Paulo, after spending two nights at the Brasilia air base. On Wednesday evening, however, nine people left the shelter and went to a hotel in the Cambuci region, in the central region of São Paulo, made available by the Palestinian Arab Federation of Brazil (Fepal) and the NGO Refugio Brasil.
The group that decided to stay indefinitely, because they were asking for help because they had nowhere to settle in Brazil.
Located in a rural area, the shelter has administrative spaces, classrooms, leisure spaces and accommodation. The space functioned as a sort of farm hotel, but was renovated to accommodate refugees.
Currently, 119 Afghans live at the site, which has also hosted Venezuelans and Haitians.