Waynakh.com: Chechen Refugees Help the Flood Victims in Poland
- Chechen Refugees Help the Flood Victims in Poland
Wednesday, 30 June 2010
Gazeta Białystok (http://tinyurl.com/2uwlttt) reported that a group of
Chechen refugees living in the Białystok Refugee Centers in Poland has
returned from Sandomierz which was affected by heavy flood.
Sandomierz, a town in the south-eastern of Poland, which lies on the
Vistula River and whose right bank burst during floods there in May and
June, was one of the most affected urban areas in Poland, with hundreds
of people being forced to evacuate their homes.
A few dozens Chechens went to Sandomierz two weeks ago to deal with the
aftermath of the first flood. Once they got there, they could experience
the flood personally. After two days of work, the second wave ravaged
the city. Chechen refugees helped pack flood banks, unload goods and
clean a destroyed city.
The view of this beautiful city under water reminded some Chechens of
their own homeland destroyed by war. And so they helped even more eagerly.
28 years old Viskhan, a Chechen refugee, told us with emotion what he
saw when he got to Sandomierz. “The water was huge; I saw a similar
tragedy in Grozny. The most difficult moment was when we were helping
clean the Center for Disabled Children. I felt very sorry for them.
Everyone there welcomed us warmly and they thanked us for our help. Some
cried,” recalls Viskhan.
Viskhan adds that if there is need, he will call up his friends and they
will go to Sandomierz again.
Such a possibility may occur soon as there is a plan to send smaller
groups to help. “We want those groups to be more mobile, that’s why we
need additional transport, e.g. some buses. If there were any companies
or organizations that want to contribute to this enterprise, we are
open,” says Ms Katarzyna Potoniec from the Education and Creativity
Foundation in Białystok (Fundacji Edukacji i Twórczości).