Ukrainian refugees were given free food, drink and clothing. They were also provided accommodation and legal advice.
As Ukrainians flee their war-torn country, the Polish people have welcomed them with open arms. More than a million Ukrainians have fled to Poland since February 24 when Russia invaded Ukraine, reports The Guardian. The United Nations estimates more than 1.5 million people have fled to neighboring countries from Ukraine but it is Poland that has welcomed the majority of the refugees. The people and authorities of different countries in Europe have provided help, food, drink and stay for refugees. One heartwarming incident that's winning hearts is the image of baby strollers left by Polish volunteers at the train station welcoming Ukrainian refugees for arriving moms who may need them.
The image of strollers lined up outside the station has gone viral. The image was shared on Facebook and was reportedly taken by Francesco Malavolta. The photo was shared by Eduard Koller, who wrote, "The most beautiful photo I've seen today: Polish moms left strollers at the train station, for Ukrainian moms who may need them when they arrive in Poland with kids." The image is giving people hope even as the world stares at the possibility of a full-blown war. "It often seems that the worst of man brings out the best in women," wrote one person. Another added, "That is so beautiful and caring and wonderful."
Ukrainians fleeing to Poland by rail are welcomed with a huge banner reading: “You are safe here,” said Anastasia Lapatina, a journalist at the Kyiv Independent in an opinion piece for The Guardian. They are welcomed by Polish volunteers who provide them with necessities for no charge including food, water, and clothing. They can also avail phones with prepaid plans, accommodation, and legal advice at the station. “I was crying from how they met us," said a Ukrainian woman. "Everything was very well organized at every step. We were told where to go, what to do. I was shocked that they even carried our luggage. It is so touching.”
Thousands of Berlin residents showed up at the central train station with sign boards offering refugees fleeing Ukraine a place to stay pic.twitter.com/5hM45PXOg4— Reuters (@Reuters) March 3, 2022
The UN high commissioner for refugees, Filippo Grandi, who visited the Moldovan border said he expects the situation to get worse, and see more people leave Ukraine. “More than 1.5 million refugees from Ukraine have crossed into neighboring countries in 10 days.” Grandi believes the countries have done well to receive refugees but added that the numbers exiting Ukraine were also concerning. “These governments have done very well in their initial response. They were well prepared. But if the numbers continue to grow it will be a problem,” said Grandi.
As we reported earlier, one wholesome image that's going viral on the internet is a map of Poland showing the number of homes willing to accept refugees. The image was shared on Reddit where it went viral. The map appears to denote homes willing to accept refugees, with numbers denoting the number of people one home can accommodate. Signs of baby strollers are used to welcome families with kids. "Poland is taking in refugees and doing it in an excellent way. We are now trying to support Poland logistically," said German Interior Ministry Nancy Faeser, who added that this was something Europe never expected to experience. "It's war in Europe again for the first time, and that is also leading to a different way of thinking among member states," they added.
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