As the conflict in Ukraine escalates, people across Europe are offering their help.
The Italians are among the Europeans who have responded to the emergency.
In Rome, the local population and Ukrainians living in Italy queue up to donate basic necessities to the church in Ukraine.
Giorgia Orlandi tells us.
Italians have responded to the emergency in Ukraine
Outside the Ukrainian church of Santa Sofia in Rome there is a continuous coming and going of cars with Italians who want to help. They stop to load bags and boxes with products of all kinds.
“These are urgent and necessary things for both soldiers and civilians. Blankets, medicines, food. In other words, essential products,” says this Ukrainian volunteer.
An Italian who has Ukrainian friends wants to help.
“I am in contact with several people who are in Ukraine. They are amazing people and they don’t deserve this,” she says.
Those who help are mostly Ukrainians
But it is mainly Ukrainians, like Zina, who come to lend a hand. She has lived in Italy for more than 20 years. Her nephew is fighting on the front lines against the Russian invasion.
“My brother is still there, as is my nephew, who is in the army. We don’t know where, because the phone lines have been cut. We can only pray here, in our church. Italians are the most generous people in the world. They have a big heart!”
In the basement, volunteers work tirelessly selecting the products. Distributed the boxes, they separate the medicines from the food and the clothes. What is most necessary is winter clothing, but also medicine, which is used mainly for people who lose a lot of blood from injuries sustained during the conflict.
“This is a war throughout the world and in Europe”
– “We will send him to the front. They are in great need and there are many wounded there.”
– “Europe has to realize that this is not just a war in Ukraine. It is a war throughout the world and in Europe.”
Everything is placed in this room before being loaded onto trucks.
At the moment, the roads are accessible
Father Marco Semehen, parish priest of the Santa Sofia church in Rome, explains:
“People have responded in a very important way. We didn’t expect it. The Italians have shown their sense of brotherhood towards the Ukrainians. There are many Ukrainians who live in this country and who contribute to the Italian economy.”
As in a production line, the boxes pass from hand to hand. Every day two or three vans leave Rome for the main cities of western Ukraine. At the moment, the roads are accessible. But as the conflict progresses, transit could become difficult.