(ANSA) – ROME, MARCH 03 – They arrive in dribs and drabs aboard buses, vans and private cars. They are stopped at the Fernetti crossing for checks. “And this is the moment when they realize they are refugees” and the tragedy they are experiencing. Barbara Molinario of UNHCR, on the border with other operators of the UN agency, tells the stories of those fleeing the war in Ukraine.
“For days we have been monitoring the transits on Trieste – he explains – the impression is that about a thousand people pass through this crossing a day. Most of them know where to go, have relatives or friends to ask for hospitality in various cities. days and arrived in Italy, stopped at the border, for the first time they realize they are refugees, they realize what is happening in their country “.
At the border there are police, army, carabinieri. And also the UNHCR operators. “We identify vulnerabilities, we provide telephone contacts and initial information. We have strengthened our presence, day and night,” explains Molinario.
Individual volunteers were also present, such as Brian. He has been here since yesterday, he reports, and distributes food and comfort items to those in need. (HANDLE).