EUROPE/POLAND - The Camillians offer the structure of a seminary and a parish to displaced Ukrainians

Friday, 4 March 2022


Burakow (Agenzia Fides) - Camillian Disaster Service International (CADIS), in collaboration with other Camillian and non-Camillian organizations is also mobilizing to support the Ukrainian emergency. Specifically, the Camillian Province in Poland, sensitive to the situation of war refugees, is organizing two major emergency responses in anticipation of the influx of Ukrainian and non-Ukrainian families in Polish cities. According to information from Agenzia Fides, the Province plans to reopen its seminary in Burakow (Lomianki) and adapt it as a temporary shelter for 50-55 families. In addition to temporary accommodation, families who decide to start a new life in Poland will receive help finding a new flat, a new job and independent living.
Camillian sources from CADIS report that in Tarnowskie Góry, in the historic parish of Saint Camillus, psychosocial support activities are being organized for refugee children who are welcomed by the families of the parish. “The human cost of violence becomes more apparent with each passing day, as fighting continues and reports of civilian casualties and damage to civilian infrastructure increase. With hundreds of thousands of people fleeing to the west of the country, there is a desperate need for food, water and shelter to supplement the overloaded response capacity at the local level”.
The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) estimates that more than a million people have fled to neighboring countries and more than 100,000 have been internally displaced amid sub-zero winter temperatures. (AP) (Agenzia Fides, 4/3/2022)