POLAND / UKRAINIAN REFUGEES

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24-Mar-2022 00:07:49
By 23 March, more than 10 million people had been forced to flee their homes due to war in Ukraine, many displaced inside the country and more than 3.5 million as refugees abroad. Within three weeks, more than two million refugees from Ukraine have arrived in Poland. UNHCR

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STORY: POLAND / UKRAINIAN REFUGEES
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SOURCE: UNHCR
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DATELINE: 23 MARCH 2022, MEDYKA BORDER CROSSING, POLAND

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1. Various shots, man playing piano outside
2. Various shots, refugees from Ukraine cueing to get into a bus
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Shabia Mantoo, UNHCR Spokesperson:
“ Well, we're here with our colleagues from UNHCR, the U.N. refugee agency. We've seen a really huge refugee situation erupt over the past few weeks. More than three million people have fled Ukraine, and many of them are coming through this border crossing today as we speak. We're still seeing new arrivals, women, children, older people, people with disabilities, people with specific needs they're crossing through. There's a lot going on. They're receiving assistance, but many of them have really long, arduous journeys. And so there is a big effort by civil society, by humanitarians, by the authorities to really try and help and support them.”
4. Med shot, a UNHCR staff walking along the line of refugees
5.Various shots, man handing out candy to refugees in line
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Shabia Mantoo, UNHCR Spokesperson:
“Well, protection essentially. The first thing fundamentally is that people who are fleeing really dangerous situations where their life is in danger are able to access safety. So the fact is the borders remain open and they're able to access safety here in Poland, having to flee their countries. And that's a huge element of what we call refugee protection. So just being assured that the borders remain open, that they can access safety and protection and assistance once they are here, but then they have other needs that need to be taken care of. They need to be aware of the assistance, the support and the rights that are available to them. So UNHCR and partners are also providing information to them here at the border. And then when they come in, some of them may have a special and specific needs that need to be taken into account. So you see a lot of people with disabilities who were coming in. They need tailored assistance they need. Some of them need medical care, medical attention. Many have been walking for on the road for days, so they're exhausted. There are also some children and many children with families, but it's also the case that some children have come across by themselves, so they need to be. They need to have care arrangements in place. They need to be identified placed in protection or care with the national authorities. But there are a whole suite of interventions that are happening to support people because you'll see, I mean, people are just holding their belongings, whatever they can find, whatever they've taken with them. They have very little. There are hot meals. There's food water here, but there's other assistance when they need health care, when they need psychosocial support, and many have witnessed very traumatic events or being exposed to violence. So they also need mental help. Their mental health needs need to be taken into account and cared for.”
7. Various shots, refugees and staff
8. Various shots, artist painting on a wall
9. Various shots, people crossing the border into Poland
10. Various shots, people walking in the border area, food, mother and children, crowds, bus

STORYLINE:

By 23 March, more than 10 million people had been forced to flee their homes due to war in Ukraine, many displaced inside the country and more than 3.5 million as refugees abroad. Within three weeks, more than two million refugees from Ukraine have arrived in Poland.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has been working with national authorities, local administrations, municipalities and civil society on refugee and asylum issues, and acknowledges the enormous support of the Polish authorities and civil society.
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