This past week has been highly traumatizing for the people of Ukraine, all of the families being split up and leaving their homes – fleeing to neighboring safe zones. It’s truly heartwrenching to see so many wives, mothers, children, and the elderly, as they bid farewell to their loved ones who have to stay behind in Ukraine while they have to evacuate.
Homes that once sparked with joy are now empty. Streets that bustled with activity are silent. Happy families who were simply living their lives are forced to split and wave goodbye to each other without even knowing if they’d ever meet again or not – it’s genuinely heartbreaking.
More than 100,000 refugees have fleed Ukraine, and the numbers are just increasing as tensions continue to rise in the country. Fathers, husbands, and sons had to say goodbye to their families as they stayed back in Ukraine because of a decree that stated men aged 18-60 stay in Ukraine and defends their land.
Shabia Mantoo, a spokesperson for The UN Refugee Agency, said:
“We believe that some 100,000 people must have already left their homes and maybe displaced inside the country, and several thousand have crossed international borders.”
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, said in a statement:
“UNHCR is working with the authorities, UN, and other partners in Ukraine and is ready to provide humanitarian assistance wherever necessary and possible. To that effect, security and access for humanitarian efforts must be guaranteed.”
“UNHCR is also working with governments in neighboring countries, calling on them to keep borders open to those seeking safety and protection. We stand ready to support efforts by all to respond to any situation of forced displacement.”
“Accordingly, we have stepped up our operations and capacity in Ukraine and neighboring countries.”
“We remain firmly committed to supporting all affected populations in Ukraine and countries in the region.”
Poland shares a border with Ukraine, and they are welcoming and expecting refugees. Poland’s Interior Minister, Mariusz Kaminski, spoke on the matter:
“There will certainly be a wave of refugees arriving in our country,”
He continued that Poland will take:
“as many as there will be at our borders”
We are at a loss for words at what’s happening in Ukraine, so many devastated families, homes, lives, without any affirmations, and all of their future plans just gone. We hope and pray for the situation in Ukraine to settle, our hearts go out to all of the affected families who are going through so much trauma right now.