Miklós Soltész, the state secretary for church and minority relations, said aid centers set up at the Hungary-Ukraine border are well prepared to receive the growing number of refugees expected from Ukraine in the next few days.
After visiting Barabás and Beregsurány at the border, Soltész told MTI that aid workers and police expected further masses of refugees to set off from Transcarpathia in the near future, following a few days of calmer conditions in recent days. Donations received from all over Hungary have filled storage capacities at aid centres and now everyone who wants to send contributions are asked to forward non-perishable food directly to a central warehouse in Aranyosapáti, he said.
First Lady Anita Herczegh, a goodwill ambassador of the Hungarian Maltese Charity, also visited the aid centre in Beregsurány on Thursday. She praised Hungarians’ readiness to help refugees and said that communities in neighbouring villages had joined forces in the first few days of the war already and this has been further elevated after the arrival of aid organisations. Imre Szabján, the head of the Hungarian Maltese Charity’s crisis management working group, said that psychological first aid was also being offered in Beregsurány, which appears to be increasingly in demand among refugees traumatised by recent events.
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