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After photos from the archive, here are three pictures taken today. I went to the railway stations in Warsaw to see the situation with the refugees from Ukraine. It is estimated that 1330 thousand Ukrainians came to Poland (probably more) and over 200 000 to Warsaw. The solidarity of the Polish people is amazing. They offer accommodation in their homes, give food, buy medicaments, bring prams for children. All the help is done mainly by the volunteers or the local governments.

This is the scene from the Warsaw East Station. The children are playing. many came with their animals, like cats or dogs. I can't imagine a situation that they packed a suitcase and left everything to go runaway. but probably leaving in Ukraine their husbands or brothers.
They have many problems - the journey was often long, they are hungry, often they are no place to go. They heard about the problems with ATMs, so they took the money and now can't change hryvna for zloty.

Have I made something to help also? I feel that I should. Probably the easiest way would be just to donate money. Maybe to be a translator? They look for people speaking Russian. Somehow I do not know how I would feel with an Ukrainian family at home. but some of my frinends offered accomodation. I have not remembered such signs of solidarity since Solidarity time in 1980-1981,

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13504 W: 141 N: 35047] (158092)
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