Arrival in Poland
Most of the refugees fleeing from the Russian aggression in Ukraine are arriving in Poland. The figures change from hour to hour, but it is already in the hundreds of thousands, mostly women and children. For many of them, the first place where they receive help is the railroad station in Przemyśl.
Maria, a teacher from Ternopil, who came to Poland with three children, said:
“The first night was terrifying. There was no light, we got dressed, the most important things were packed while we were leaving. If the siren sounded, we were always ready to escape to the bomb shelter. It was a terrible experience.”
Inna, a clerk from the Ternopil region, who also reached Poland with three children, said:
“Russian troops are bombing cities with air bases and military units. Not far from our city there was an air base that was shelled at night.”
Caritas of the Archdiocese of Przemyśl coordinates help for refugees at the station in collaboration with the Sub-Carpathian Province governor.
“We offer them meals, shelter and warm blankets.” says the deputy director of Caritas Przemyśl, Fr. Paweł Konieczny. He adds that refugees coming to Poland have immediate contact with volunteers, also in Korczowa and Medyka, where registration points operate. “These people are cared for, they receive hot meals, packed lunches, hygiene and cosmetic products. We also organize support for mothers: childcare and various activities for kids, so that their mothers can also rest.”
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