The Seym has agreed to extend the state of emergency by 60 days at the border with Belarus, which means that representatives of organizations such as Caritas cannot enter the border either. – I hope in God that he will inspire people of good will, that all children, all people who suffer will be safe – said Father Cordian Szwarc, Deputy Director of Caritas Polska, on TVN24 on Friday.
On Monday, over 20 migrants, including women and eight children, stayed in front of the Border Guard post in Michałów in Podlasie. On Wednesday, the spokeswoman for the Podlasie Border Guard Unit, Katarzyna Zdanowicz, said that the migrants were “under the procedure in accordance with the regulation”. When asked if this meant that they had been taken back to the border, Zdanowicz replied: – Yes, they were brought to the border line and now they are in Belarus.
On Thursday, the Sejm agreed to extend the state of emergency by 60 days, which is in force in part of the Podlaskie and Lubelskie voivodeships. Ultimately, 237 deputies voted in favor of this solution, 179 were against and 31 abstained.
Caritas cannot enter the territory of the state of emergency
On Friday, Franciszkań Kordian Szwarc said in an interview with TVN24 that all organizations, including Caritas, were not allowed to enter the territory of the state of emergency and to provide assistance.
He added that Caritas provides assistance to closed centers targeted by migrants. He explained that the packages prepared for people chilled in the forest, “thanks to which it will be possible to provide immediate help to such a person found anywhere.”
– We are going there and we want to organize a meeting with Catholic communities that if any help is needed, Caritas Polska supports every person who can help where we cannot enter – he said.
Priest: all services are people
When asked if there was any hope that the authorities would allow organizations like Cartias to take place, the clergyman replied that “all ministries are people.” – I hope that this help is really provided to those who need it – he said.
– I have the word hope on the back, because I trust God that he will inspire people of good will, that all children, all people who suffer will be safe. There is also this urgent and urgent need, because we have people in guarded centers, in open centers, where people are also present every day, these people come and here, acting within the law, we stay in touch all the time, we send all the things that are needed he said.
In his opinion, it is important that these people “as soon as possible” leave these centers and “feel at home in Poland”. – This is the whole process of overcoming this crisis, in which these people found themselves often through no fault of their own – he explained.
– This problem will definitely not decrease, it will only increase and we try to ensure that every person and institution that turns to Caritas Polska receive help – he emphasized. He appealed to ask Caritas for help, because “every life is important”.
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