Poland opens doors as refugee count hits a million
March 07, 2022 / 7:50 AM
Sharjah24 – AFP: Faced with the influx of a million refugees fleeing Russian troops in Ukraine, Poles like Nicolas Kusiak, a 27-year-old manager, have rallied in an ever expanding humanitarian response.
They have taken in refugees, offered food and transport and above all a little human kindness to the distraught and traumatised women and children who have had to leave their men folk behind to fight.
The government has set up reception centres and charities up and down the country have mobilised in a massive aid effort, helped by the estimated 1.5 million Ukrainians already living in Poland.
Polish border guards on Sunday said the number of people crossing since Russian troops advanced into Ukraine on February 24 had reached a million, saying this was "a million human tragedies".
At the main train station in Krakow in southern Poland, a temporary reception centre has been set up and hundreds could be seen arriving.
The UN has said that a total of more than 1.5 million people have fled Ukraine and it expects the number could go up to four million.