Since the outbreak of the war against Ukraine by the Russian Government, our organization, REMAR together with MESSENGERS OF PEACE, have launched a series of actions in order to provide and facilitate humanitarian aid for the thousands of people who are being expelled from their cities. For our organization, addressing the humanitarian emergency is part of the mechanisms we put in place every time a humanitarian crisis occurs due to armed or environmental conflict. Our positioning in Europe and mainly in the Eastern countries of the continent favors and facilitates that the aid reaches those who need it most.
Currently more than 3,000,000 people are being sheltered in countries near Ukraine, with the aggravating factor that the main aid stations in the country are being destroyed.
REMAR SOS assists hundreds of people with love and care, providing them with a temporary place of help, shelter and support where they can catch their breath and then continue on their way, fleeing war and insecurity.
The REMAR SOS team of volunteers is present at the most critical points of influx of people, from inside Ukraine to their final destination point through either Romania or Poland:
In Chernivtsí (Cernăuți, Ukraine) we are working in a space provided by the Ukrainian government, where we have located two 500m2 heated tents with capacity for 1,000 people. In accordance with our commitment to the local government, in one tent, we provide 1,000 meals a day and in another tent, we have installed 350 beds (175 bunk beds) to provide a resting point for people who are passing through to the Romanian border or who, due to their personal circumstances, decide to stay in Chernivtsi. From this point, we also distribute bags with food to the local inhabitants.
In Siret (Romania) we are working in a refugee camp offering shelter and hot drinks.
In Suceava (Romania) we welcome people from a tent of 300m2 in which we have 30 tables with benches to give meals and 150 beds (75 bunk beds) to accommodate people who are passing through to other parts of Romania or Europe.
In Oradea (Romania), a city in the west of Romania near the border with Hungary, we work from a school-residence, attending daily to about 200 people coming from Ukraine. In this aid station they are offered a place to rest with heating, bed, blankets, hot food and shower, where they can regain strength to continue their journey to other European countries. Two guesthouses have also been set up, with 30 rooms for 5 to 6 people each. Hundreds of people pass through this point, sent by REMAR volunteers from the reception point in Siret. In Oradea we have been provided with accommodation for the women and children, while they wait for two days for the transfer to Spain and other European territories. During these two days, we do the registration of people and provide food and other necessities, as well as a huge emotional support, especially for the children.