The people fleeing from the war told heartbreaking stories at the Catholic Caritas Relief in Barabás and the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta in Beregsurány, near the Ukrainian border.Continue reading
Hungarians have so far donated a total of 750 million forints (EUR 2 million) to help people fleeing the war in Ukraine, president-elect Katalin Novák told public media during a visit to the Hungary-Ukraine border on Tuesday.
“The funds are in the best hands and will be delivered to those who really need them,” Novák said, thanking the donors, charity, and religious organizations for their help.
Meeting leaders of Charity Council organizations, Novák said: “The entire country has mobilized, with everybody wanting to help … It is good to see that we now have cooperation not seen in Hungary for a long time. It is good to know that everybody is doing their job here.”
At the meeting, Novák also thanked the priests and pastors seeking to provide help and consolation through the local communities beyond their duty. She highlighted the level of coordination between charity organizations.
“Cooperation is working very well and I can see the huge share government offices and local municipal leaders are undertaking to provide help,” Novák said.
Later on Tuesday, Novák visited Beregsurány on the Hungarian-Ukrainian border, where she talked to the employees of charity organizations, civilians helping on-site, and refugees.
The aid work at the border is extremely well organized and a testament to “exemplary” cooperation between local leaders, charity organizations, and government offices as well as well-meaning private citizens, she said.
“I am here to thank you and to lend some strength because locals have been in the fray for weeks now,” she said. Refugees are very grateful to Hungarians, she added.
“It is clear that Hungarians want peace,” and the government is working to ensure Hungary’s security, she said.
Featured photo via Katalin Novák’s Facebook page