Trains arriving from Poland are becoming exhausted and crying people whose safety has been raised.
From Berlin has become the largest hub on the Ukrainian refugee route and the single largest destination for refugees outside Ukraine ‘s neighborhood.
During Tuesday, a record number of more than 15,000 people fleeing the war in Ukraine arrived in Berlin by public transport. Over the past week, some tens of thousands of people fleeing the war have arrived in Berlin every day. An estimated two-thirds of them will remain in Berlin.
According to the authorities, estimates of the number of newcomers are lower, as those fleeing the war also arrive in private cars. Six extended trains arrive in Berlin from Poland every day. Refugees do not have to pay for travel tickets.
Refugee there is no story that has a happy ending after a person is there and safe. In the crowded position, many from Ukraine are very tired and anxious. Crying is sensitive.
“Many of the newcomers are really traumatized. Some buses arriving in Berlin have bullet holes, ”spokesman for the integration department of the Berlin Senate Stefan Strauß said on Wednesday to HS at Berlin train station.
In addition, many of the newcomers have also been in danger after arriving. Observations have been made of human traffickers, and earlier this week Berlin police reported several cases in which refugee women had been offered money in exchange for going to bed.
After standing there for a few minutes, I myself get a vague offer from an unknown man with an “I love you” opening.
The police patrols at the train station are now reinforced, and for children arriving without parents, a mobile child protection team is on duty at the train station.
Already at the train station, refugees receive food, drink, clothing, free sim cards, instructions and first aid if needed.
On Wednesday night, a heated “welcome tent” erected by the Berlin Senate was opened for reception to get relief points out of the station corridors into a more controlled, safer space.
There are shuttle buses from the tent to the reception centers. According to Strauß, since the start of the war, Berlin has housed about 8,000 people in public accommodation. Other people who stay in the city have accommodation, for example, in private families.
“Accommodation will be built from Tegel Airport only for those fleeing the war in Ukraine,” Strauß says. The airport, which closed for the second year, has recently served as a vaccination center.
By the weekend, Tegel should be ready to accommodate three thousand Ukrainians.
Numerous other new large accommodation centers are also planned. They require a lot of manpower and rapid construction of infrastructure. Berlin is asking the military for help with practical work.
Mayor of Berlin Franziska Giffey said on Wednesday night after a special session of the Senate that buses on their way to Berlin will also be diverted to other parts of Germany.
However, many want to stay specifically in Berlin. The city already has a large Ukrainian community.
Berlin at the main train station Emma Schmidt is one of hundreds of volunteer helpers facing refugees. There are several organizations at the station, but Schmidt is helping himself and sometimes with his friends.
She is Russian and has a Ukrainian boyfriend. The boyfriend is in constant contact with his grandmother in Kiev, who is crying on the phone.
“Grandma cries all the time. I am here to help people deal with stress, ”says Schmidt.
Schmidt helps people from Ukraine find out the connections and works as an interpreter. Thanks to the yellow attention vest, people know how to come and ask him for help. The days have stretched up to fifteen hours.
“Normally I’m here until one night. Trains are always late, usually several hours. ”
People who get off the train at night, according to Schmidt, are tired and windy, and have a lot of questions. The children are crying.
“It’s pretty stressful for us too. You have to stay tight, calm down when you need to, and focus on finding people housing. ”
As a Russian to Ukrainians, Schmidt is above all a man who helps. Everyone has been grateful for the help.
“Being here shows my opposition Vladimir Putin policy, ”he says.
“It’s an amazing feeling when you can be helpful.”
Schmidt also calls his grandmother, who in turn is in Russia. Grandma watches TV all day and believes what is being said there.
“I’m trying to explain to him that’s not true. But he says Putin is our friend. ”
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