Marianna Wartecka from the Ocalenie Foundation spoke on TVN24 about how each of us can help migrants on the Polish-Belarusian border or support the organization’s activities. – It is very important for us to feel social support for what we do. Therefore, we urge you to do so: not to be afraid to talk about it, not to be afraid to publicize this topic – she pointed out. Wartecka said that financial support is also important and gave the address of a website with answers to questions on how to help.
Marianna Wartecka from the Ocrzenie Foundation spoke on TVN24 about the help provided by the Foundation to migrants on the Polish-Belarusian border. – Of course, we can only provide assistance outside the state of emergency – she reserved. – She explained that they reach groups and people “who manage to leave this restricted zone”.
She also said that these people or their families contact the foundation and then send a “pin with their location”. – We are trying to reach such a group, whether it is us or other organizations operating near the border. We are quite territorially divided with other organizations. This border is very long, over 400 kilometers long, she pointed out.
How to help migrants? Marianna Wartecka from the Ocalenie Foundation responds
Wartecka also instructed how anyone can support migrants at the border or help a foundation. The activist indicated that it is worth talking about this situation in the first place. – Talk about it as private persons, as representatives, representatives of companies or organizations in which you work. Speak up, express your position – she said.
– Because this is a really huge humanitarian crisis and you do not have to consider yourself an expert in the field of migration or refugees to have an opinion on whether it is allowed to throw people into the forest in winter. Everyone is entitled to have an opinion on this subject and to express it – she noted.
– It is also for us, as the people who work there, very important to feel social support for what we do. That is why we appeal for it: not to be afraid to talk about it, not to be afraid to publicize this topic – she continued.
A member of the Ocrzenie Foundation also said that “financial support is very important”. – Because the activities we conduct there are activities that we were not able to predict in any way a few months ago, so we conduct them in a completely spontaneous manner. A large part of our resources is also absorbed by legal aid for people who manage to file applications for international protection in Poland – she explained.
– We also created a website ocrzenie.org.pl/granica, where we try to answer the most frequent questions about how to help – she informed. As she said, “it is a bit dependent on the abilities, competences and qualifications possessed”. – So I encourage you to visit this page and find out what is possible in the case of a specific person – added Wartecka.
Migrants at the Polish-Belarusian border
Since the spring, the number of attempts to illegally cross the Belarusian border with Lithuania, Latvia and Poland by migrants from the Middle East, Africa and other regions has increased sharply. The EU and its member states believe that this is the result of deliberate actions by Belarus in response to the sanctions imposed on the regime.
The Polish Border Guard informs that there are more and more people trying to get to Poland from Belarus illegally. Since September 2, due to the migratory pressure, a state of emergency has been in force in 183 localities in the Podlaskie and Lubelskie provinces adjacent to the border with Belarus. In these areas, civil rights are partially restricted, and journalists, among others, are not allowed to enter. All information about the situation in the border area comes from the messages provided by the authorities and services.
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