Ukraine: Joe Bastianich, I tell the tragedy of the refugees

(ANSA) – ROME, MARCH 01 – “I saw scenes that made me think of the Second World War: columns of cars two or three days long in an attempt to cross the border with Poland, the torment of divided families, women and children on the one hand, men called to defend their country. And hundreds of refugees who need everything, especially if they don’t have someone waiting for them “. Joe Bastianich, envoy of the ‘Hyenas’ on the border between Poland and Ukraine to help Alina, a Ukrainian woman residing in Italy, find her family, found himself faced with the bewilderment and despair of people whose daily life has been disrupted by the war.

“We left Milan by car and arrived at the border between Poland and Ukraine, in Krakovets, a few kilometers from Lviv, last Friday, the day after the start of the Russian offensive”, says Bastianich, author of the report that the program di Italia 1 will propose March 2 in prime time. “We immediately understood that the situation was dramatic on a humanitarian level: we were faced with the first refugees who left the border, women and children who need everything, water, diapers, toilet paper.

At first, the Polish camps were not yet equipped to welcome them, then the citizens mobilized by making available what they have. Yesterday we left, there were some tents full of food, a heated tent … Some refugees are lucky enough to have a family waiting for them at the border, while others remain there “. A drama that hit the entrepreneur” too. for personal reasons: my family was forced to emigrate from Istria, they lived in refugee camps, thanks to Caritas they moved to America.

These too were normal people, they had a house, a car, a job, from one day to the next they had to pack their bags and leave forever or for who knows how long … it was the strongest emotion “, underlines Bastianich. , who arrived in Italy, in Jesolo, with Alina’s “mother, sister and niece.” The 64-year-old father chose to stay, and so did his 19-year-old nephew. They believe in their country, they love their culture and they don’t feel like a piece of Russia “. (ANSA).

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