OWINGS MILLS, Md. (WJZ) — A Baltimore County couple flew to Poland on a missionary trip to help Ukrainian refugees.
Through the umbrella organization of the Jewish Federations of North America, Mark and Robin Neumann and about two dozen other volunteers distributed supplies and heard harrowing stories of escapes at one of the border points.
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“They were understandably mostly emotional wrecks,” Mark said.
The aim of the trip was to show solidarity with the refugees and to distribute emergency aid. This took the form of clothing, food, water and hygiene items, among other things.
One of the many families the Neumanns met was a single mother, her 15-year-old daughter, and her dog.
“Their dog felt the bombing before they heard it,” said Robin. “So they took their dog and their suitcase and ran out into the street looking for a shelter.”
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Tatiana, the mother, and her teenage daughter, Sophia, reported that many of the shelters had not been used for a very long time. Many were found imprisoned.
“They ended up picking a lock and going into a shelter,” said Robin. “There were 120 people in a very narrow corridor with a few rooms but no working electricity or bathrooms and they stayed there for three days.”
Finally, the family and others made their way to one of nine border crossings in Poland, the Neumanns explained.
Humanitarian volunteers from various organizations met with the refugees. The volunteers all had the same mission: to help and to give hope.
“It’s the other side that you don’t really see in the photos of the bombings and people crossing the border,” Mark said. “It’s the other side that we’ve seen, which is the incredible humanity of people joining some kind of worldwide community to help.”
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The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore is in talks about what might come next to continue helping those in desperate need.
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