EUROPE/POLAND - Society of African Missions: Polish province accepts Ukrainian refugees in Piwniczna Zdrój and Borzęcin Duży

Thursday, 24 March 2022


Borzęcin Duży (Agenzia Fides) - Since the outbreak of war in Ukraine, there has been a great willingness to help in Poland in the face of the humanitarian crisis affecting the Ukrainian population. Many people take war refugees into their homes or collect medicine and clothing. The Polish Province of the Society for African Missions also wants to help in the most appropriate way. "Two of our houses, one in Piwniczna Zdrój and the Center for African Missions in Borzęcin Duży, have opened their doors to receive war refugees", said Fr. Grzegorz Kucharski, Provincial Superior of the SMA in Poland. "Our current facilities can accommodate 110 people, but if the need arises we will increase our reception capacity to the maximum. We currently already have about 60 refugees in our house, including many children of different ages. We would like to give these people not only a refuge, but above all a roof above their heads where they can feel part of a family".
The violent fighting and repeated attacks on civilians, as well as the massive destruction of civilian shelters and infrastructure, have led to a migration of women, children and the elderly to neighboring countries. "At the time of writing this report," adds Father Kucharski, "Poland has taken in about two million Ukrainians from cities that are constantly being bombed by the Russian army. We are providing them with everything they need because when they left their homes in a hurry, they could not take many things with them. And again: we help them send their children to our schools, we help women to find a job to make them feel valued and to help them return one day after the war to their country with something in their hands".
The missionary concludes by calling on everyone to do their part: "We need everyone's solidarity to pay for food, gas, water, heating and electricity, the prices of which have doubled in recent months because of the war". (GK/AP) (Agenzia Fides, 24/3/2022)