Ukraine refugee crisis


Ukraine refugees

Recently, the world has been dealing with the war between Russia and Ukraine. This war started on February 24, 2022, when Putin declared war on Ukraine. His reason is to demilitarize and de-Nazify Ukraine. According to BBC, he also wanted to, “Protect people subjected to what he called eight years of bullying and genocide by Ukraine’s government.” All of Putin’s claims are unproven, but it is something that Russia has been repeating for a long time. Regardless of his claims, this war has affected both sides of the conflict, but more so for Ukraine and the rest of the world. Ukrainians, especially, are being forced to seek safety in other countries in order to escape the war.  

Ever since the war started, an estimated 4.9 million refugees have left Ukraine. The majority of the Refugees are going to the neighboring countries of Ukraine, such as Poland, Romania, Hungary, Moldova, and Slovakia Records show that around 2,800,713 refugees have entered Poland, 750,693 refugees in Romania,  655,598 refugees in  Hungary, and 339,680 refugees in Slovakia. This refugee crisis is considered one of the world’s worst in recent times. The crisis has also affected the mental health of Ukrainian refugees. Many Ukrainian refugees are suffering from anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The countries harboring these refugees are trying to get them psychological first aid. However, there might not be enough for everyone. Another problem that people are seeing is the unfair treatment of non-Ukrainians when attempting to cross the border. According to an article written by VOX, “Ukrainian citizens were allowed to cross the border while non-Ukrainians faced obstacles to doing so.” This problem has also been seen during the Syrian civil war back in 2015, where Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, built border walls to keep off Syrian refugees. This shows that there is a deep concern in the EU about accepting immigrants that differ from their own race and ethnicity. This definitely can be viewed as a problem, especially with racial injustices that have been prevalent around the world. However, the focus should be on the bigger picture, which is the ongoing war in Ukraine, and what the world can do to help fix this issue. 

The war does not only involve the countries that are fighting against each other but has also affected the rest of the whole world. Many different people and organizations are coming together to help the Ukrainian refugees. Some of these organizations include UNICEF, United Way, United for Ukraine Fund, International Rescue Committee, Save the Children, World Central Kitchen, Nova Ukraine, CARE, and Center for Disaster Philanthropy. These are all major organizations, but there are also people trying to help the refugees independently, such as churches and ordinary people donating money to help.  

Throughout history, the world has encountered many wars. These wars have cost the lives of many people, whether it be the soldiers fighting the war or the people living through it. During these times, people should come together to help as much as they can. It seems like there will never be an end to this, but as with anything, everything must come to an end someday. One should not lose hope because whether one is Ukrainian, Russian, or of a different race, the whole world is in this together, and if we unite and help each other out, this war could end peacefully.