First Individual: A primary in psychological assist, for Ukraine refugees in Poland

Mlyny is a small city in southeastern Poland, roughly eight kilometres from the border with Ukraine. The in any other case quiet village has turn out to be one of many details of entry for the over two million individuals who have arrived within the nation for the reason that begin of the battle. 

Ukrainians residing overseas, third-country nationals, and native and worldwide volunteers, have rushed to Mlyny, to supply no matter assist they will. Amongst them is Aurang Zeb Khan, a grasp’s diploma pupil who got here to Poland firstly of the disaster.

Mr. Khan helps at a transit web site, a repurposed purchasing centre which hosts principally ladies and kids, who keep for a number of days, and even just some hours,  earlier than resuming their journeys to Warsaw and different cities, in Poland and past.

“I got here right here to Poland on 4 March to assist individuals fleeing the battle in Ukraine, particularly third-country nationals who don’t have Ukrainian passports, however whose lives had been additionally upended by the battle. 

Third nation nationals face extra challenges right here. At first we witnessed discrimination as a result of they weren’t allowed free transportation, and different providers.

So, we targeted on serving to them with transport from a reception level within the city of Mlyny, on the south-eastern border with Ukraine, to deliver them to Warsaw Central Station, and from there to different nations in Europe.

We additionally linked them with households in Poland and Germany who needed to host them and with different people wo provided assist to move them to their locations. Originally of the battle, most efforts to help individuals fleeing the battle had been led by volunteers. 

However regardless of these efforts, third nation nationals struggled. I keep in mind three guys from India, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, who had been staying at a prepare station as a result of they didn’t have cash to purchase prepare tickets.

I’ve seen many others, a few of them younger individuals, who’ve had difficulties registering of their host nations. 

Now we now have an info desk on this transit centre the place I work with two civil servants from the Polish Overseas Workplace, who present assist with asylum processes for many who want it, in addition to different helpful info.

Aurang Zeb Khan (r) and other volunteers at the Mlyny transit camp, Poland

© IOM/Jorge Galindo

Aurang Zeb Khan (r) and different volunteers on the Mlyny transit camp, Poland

‘No person anticipated this to occur in Europe’

The IOM coaching on psychological first assist is tailor-made to the experiences of refugees. For these individuals, all the things occurred within the spur of the second. No person anticipated this to occur in Europe. 

As volunteers we frequently face irritating conditions. I’ve seen a whole lot of ladies and kids crying every single day. I keep in mind I used to be at Warsaw Central Station as soon as, and I noticed somebody crying very badly. I needed to assist her, however I didn’t know the way. 

In the course of the coaching we realized learn how to method individuals in want with out inflicting additional hurt, by merely providing to pay attention and stand by their aspect. 

The coaching additionally focuses on the volunteers’ well being. We be taught coping mechanisms and actions to distract ourselves. Individuals like me have been working right here continuous for nearly a month, and we frequently don’t take the time to consider our personal psychological and bodily wellbeing.

This coaching has given me a whole lot of hope and confidence as a volunteer. It made me really feel like we aren’t alone, that somebody is constructing our capability to do the job.

I believe now I’ll be higher geared up to assist to individuals fleeing the battle, even when they simply would possibly want somebody to speak with, who understands their wants, and may allow them to know that somebody is standing by their aspect.”

Drawings show the children’s hopes as well as messages of solidarity from other children around the world. .

© IOM/Jorge Galindo

Drawings present the kids’s hopes in addition to messages of solidarity from different kids all over the world. .


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