On Saturday and Sunday about fifty refugees arrived on a bus from Ukraine, mostly women and children – only two men, one of whom is the driver – fleeing the war.
The refugees are all heading for the homes of relatives, friends or acquaintances, mainly in northern Italy, between Brescia, Vicenza and Milan. But some are also heading for Rome.
Refugees fleeing war are becoming an emergency within an emergency.
The refugees have not yet needed special assistance, although Anaao Assomed, the main union of hospital doctors, said in a note that ‘the Italian health staff, is ready to provide humanitarian and medical assistance to Ukrainian refugees and to the wounded and invites the Italian government to activate all possible channels of reception’.
From North to South, many municipalities are already organising their reception facilities and prefectures could use barracks, hostels or hotels to host Ukrainian citizens in our country.
Ukrainian refugees need food, water and basic necessities. The Italian Red Cross, UNHCR and UNICEF have jointly launched an extraordinary fundraising campaign on the telephone number 45525. You can call from a landline or send an SMS to make a donation. The fundraising campaign will run until 6 March.
So, it is important that everyone makes a contribution to help innocent children and adults in search of a way out from the war.