“The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’” Matthew 25:40
Until the summer of 2015, the small village of Roszke in southern Hungary near the Serbian border was virtually indistinguishable from neighboring working-class communities. But since Tuesday, when a refugee camp was constructed there in response to the massive influx of mostly Syrians, Iraqis, Afghans and North Africans seeking refuge from sectarian violence in their home countries, the village that sits 175 kilometers from the capital Budapest has been transformed with tall barbed-wire fences, security cameras, and heaps of stinking trash.
Over the past few moths, refugees have been arriving in Europe every day by the thousands only to be detained in refugee camps with poor living conditions. At least 1,500 people escaped from the Roszke camp Friday amid allegations of nonexistent hygiene and food and water shortages in the makeshift shelters. As droves of refugees continued to arrive in Hungary, nonprofits and journalists alike reported worsening instances of human rights violations in the European nation, with some even comparing the situation to the treatment of Jewish people during World War II.