Friday, September 30, 2022

In Poland, Ukrainian refugees escape danger, but not war

More than 3 million Ukrainians have taken refuge in Poland from a full-scale invasion of Russia, and now find themselves in limbo. Not sure how long they will stay in Poland and when it will be safe to return home, they face questions and options about finding long-term housing, jobs and schools for their children.

For Ukrainians and Poles, the feelings are just below the surface. Hannah Horomova, a psychologist who fled from Kyiv herself, is now working with patients in Warsaw online, through psychological hotlines and at refugee centers.

why did we write this

For the more than 3 million Ukrainian refugees living in Poland, life is about resilience as they focus on maintaining income and education in a new country while monitoring news of the war back home.

Ms Horomova says fleeing Ukrainians are dealing with feelings of guilt and sadness as well as divided families with husbands and older relatives, while in Ukraine they grapple with security concerns and survival, overwhelming stress and death.

“Most of the people who are here will be here for the foreseeable future,” says Katia Roman-Trzska, whose foundation is helping refugees. “Both Poles and Ukrainians need a lot of help. Tools to rebuild their lives, either to stay or go back home.”

Warsaw, Poland

Iryna Lvovych pulls out her phone and snaps photos of her young, smiling family and a garden where she grew tomatoes and berries in and around Irpin, Ukraine, which she has called home for the past 10 years. She is then shown a photograph of the present-day remains of her family’s apartment building.

“We will not return to Irpin. It is dangerous, ”says the mother of two. “Our apartment that we bought, the roof burned down and it is not habitable.”

Ms. Lvovych is one of more than 3 million Ukrainians who have taken refuge in Poland from Russia’s full-scale invasion, and now find themselves in limbo. Not sure how long they will stay in Poland and when it will be safe to return home, they find themselves faced with questions and options to find long-term housing, jobs and schools for their children.

why did we write this

For the more than 3 million Ukrainian refugees living in Poland, life is about resilience as they focus on maintaining income and education in a new country while monitoring news of the war back home.

“Most of the people who are here will be here for the foreseeable future,” says Katia Roman-Trzaska, founder of the SOK Foundation, a nonprofit focused on fostering and helping underprivileged children. “Both Poles and Ukrainians need a lot of help. Tools to rebuild their lives, either to stay or go back home.”

“No one believed it would be a big war”

Russia’s war against Ukraine has created the largest refugee crisis Europe has seen since World War II. According to UN figures, more than 5 million Ukrainians have fled, and Poland has taken the most number of people at over 3 million. They joined the more than 1 million Ukrainians who were already living and working in Poland before 24 February, when the war began.

Nation World News Desk
Nation World News Deskhttps://nationworldnews.com
Nation World News is the fastest emerging news website covering all the latest news, world’s top stories, science news entertainment sports cricket’s latest discoveries, new technology gadgets, politics news, and more.
Latest news
Related news
- Advertisement -