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Wildfires in Greece: Maltesser International sends two experts

Villages on the island of Rhodes were evacuated on Friday as wildfires began closing in on Mount Philermos, under which title the Virgin Mary continues to be patron of the Order of Malta. Rhodes was the home of the Sovereign Order of Malta between 1310 and 1523.

Yesterday, Malteser International dispatched two emergency relief experts to assess the situation and  support the activities of the Order’s Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic, Luca Rovati, in providing assistance in consultation with the Governor of the island.

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