Caritas Hungary’s aid in the situation of the Ukrainian War - Report 05-03-22

These days our main goal has been to develop co-operation with the local government of Barabás. From the very beginning they have us here at their community centre and a local volunteer team makes sandwiches every day for the refugees and the staff as well. The mayor and the vice mayor come to Caritas Base to discuss problems that arise.

Our volunteer team these days consists of around 20 people; we work in two shifts, and each shift has a leader in charge. The first shift works from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and the other is from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. They can help us to show Caritas’s personal attention and love to refugees, as they welcome them in front of the building, and keep them company. We had around 500 people here in two days and one thirds of them were children. They are tired, hungry and still parents show calm to the children.

On the 4th of March, Tristan Azbej, head of the Hungary Helps Program, Bishop Nil Lushchak OFM, Apostolic Administrator of the Greek Catholic Diocese of Munkács (Mukachevo) and László Makkai volunteer spiritual leader of the Hungary Helps Program met at the Caritas Base to discuss the future and aid of Transcarpathian Hungarians.

We had lots of visit from representatives of the government and as well as the media; CNN, and all of the Hungarian television and radio channels have been here already.

From the 2nd of March, our team has turned up also at Budapest-Keleti Railway Station. The Second Caritas Base was provided by the Esztergom-Budapest Diocesan Caritas. The following two days there were around 2500 refugees for us to help. Caritas helps them to find work, because many of them plan to stay in Budapest for a while. There are some cases when the refugees go from the Barabás Base to Budapest-Keleti Railway Station, where our volunteers help them.

Photos: Caritas Hungary