After Russia launched a military attack on Ukraine, two Canadians decided that they needed to come to Hungary to help war refugees, and this is how many other people from around the world decided as well. A humanitarian story.
Telex interviewed two young Canadians who, as soon as the war broke out, came to Europe to lend a helping hand in the refugee crisis. They said that they simply felt the need to provide help instead of sitting at home.
Although they do not speak Ukrainian, nor Hungarian, they could still provide much-needed help since the scale of the crisis is so large that there is always a need for people who help.
They are currently working in the tent of the Hungarian Two-tailed Dog Party (MKKP).
The news outlet said that when Trevor MacDonald and Robbie Walker decided that they were going to travel to Europe to help; they organised their travel within days and met before they departed to Hungary, and have stuck together since.
“We have organised the trip here out of the blue, but we knew deep in our hearts that it was the right thing to do,” Robbie told Telex.
Trevor MacDonald had worked as a member of an accident cleanup crew before, and he always wanted to do volunteer work – he even considered joining the Ukrainian army.
Robbie Walker has never done any volunteer work before, but his brother, who had received medical training and is currently doing service in the Ukrainian Armed Forces, inspired Robbie to help.
Naturally, their families were not happy that the two young men decided to travel so close to the war and were afraid they could get caught up in something at the Polish border.
According to Telex, Trevor and Robbie are not the only people who came to volunteer from overseas. Many people come to help from the United States or other places, and most of them end up in the tent of the Hungarian Two-tailed Dog Party (MKKP) or other NGO volunteer points.
Many people first go to Poland to help, that is what Robbie and Trevor did, but they saw that the situation there had become tenser, so they decided to come further, to Budapest. They thought that if they could not find an opportunity to help in Hungary, they could still go back to Poland.
Seeing the scale and escalation of the refugee crisis in Hungary and in Budapest, the Hungarian government decided to set up a central transit area for the refugees near Keleti Railway Station, in the BOK-csarnok (previously known as the SYMA Hall).
In order to do this, previous tents and helping points were emptied and cleaned up, but in the new location, refugees are provided with heating, medical care, internet access, interpretation services, food, water, and access to sanitation and cleaning, Telex wrote.
The previous children’s corner is also implemented in the new location where they can play and watch television.
Since the new, official site was set up, they do not know how long they can provide help; if possible, they will sign up to volunteer there, but they do not rule out going to Poland to help, as they originally planned.
“We’re going where they need our help,” they told Telex.