The war has changed the lives of many since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. At the Romanian border, we see people who are heartbroken and have no prospects for the future. Their homes were destroyed in Ukraine.
“In just seven days, one million people have fled Ukraine, uprooted by this senseless war. I have been working in a refugee emergency for almost 40 years, and I have rarely seen such a rapid exodus, “UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said in a statement on the UNHCR website on March 3. Countless people have been displaced inside the country, “he said, adding that if the conflict did not end immediately, millions more could be forced to flee Ukraine.
And yes, the numbers are really very high. According to romania.europalibera.org, at the Romanian border, authorities are trying their best but a large number of people have set up waiting lines at the Siret border for up to 50 hours.
According to the website, about 130,000 Ukrainians entered Romania last week, with about 30,000 Ceres crossing the border. The tragedy is even greater that a very large percentage of them are children.
UNICEF, in collaboration with DG24 TV Station, is conducting a “Together for Independence” campaign with the support of the Prime Minister of Romania. Nikolai Siuka.
“We need the help of innocent victims of the Russian military aggression from Ukraine,” he said. “Every child we support will alleviate the suffering of our neighbors and friends who are suffering the horrors of war. I invite you to see solidarity, to donate our children from Ukraine for the future, “added Siuka.
On 28 February, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Dr. Elva Johansson He traveled to Romania to assess the situation on the ground and the European Commission’s assistance and coordination in providing protection to those fleeing the war in Ukraine.
On the Roman border of Sirte, the power of humanity has united the people of the two countries. Everyone is amazed at the way mothers greet babies, with babies in their arms, the way Romanians greet them. Hundreds of volunteers wanted to get involved and they showed their solidarity separately from the authorities. Dozens of tents are waiting for Ukrainians on each side of the street. And it is heartbreaking to see so many people coming to Romania, after spending so much time on the road and at the border, some of them having such a hard time getting there to escape from a country like Ukraine. It is no longer safe to survive. Most of the women and children who have crossed the border have left their husbands, fathers or brothers at home. People that they love and they are afraid they will never see again. And we see in their eyes that they are heavy-hearted.
A large percentage of Ukrainian citizens entering our country are children. UNICEF and other NGOs are trying their best to accommodate them. Surprisingly, between NGOs and the authorities, civil society has advanced and they want to make a difference. And they did. It is also a big movement on social media. People from all over the country are offering free accommodation. Churches, universities, restaurants, celebrities, influential, comedians, they were all involved in helping them find their place of residence and assure them to find hot meals, medicine or a transportation to get to them. The country they want to go to because most of them are not staying. The lucky ones have someone at the border to meet them. Others are just transiting Romania to a country where they have family or friends.