“People opened their homes and hearts to UkrainiansHe said, in recognition of the generous hospitality of the refugees.
home away from home
During his visit, the UN Secretary-General stopped by a couple who were hosting refugees in their two-room apartment.
Vasily and Clafidia Turcano, a retired married couple, have a mother, a daughter and a grandmother– All refugees from Nikolaev. And before that they had hosted two men from Odessa.
“We understand what they are going through,” Clavdia said wistfully, assuring their guests are welcome until the war is over.
“We get homesick when we travel. And they can’t go home.
“Why do people go to war when they can live in peace and negotiate everything amicably?” asks her husband.
Mr Guterres was impressed by their hospitality, acknowledging that “communicating with people who have been forced from their homes in these tragic circumstances is a powerful emotional experience”.
“Moldova can be an example of solidarity,” he added.
Criticism works better
The UN Secretary-General has stressed that in these circumstances, cash assistance is the best form of support.
UN agencies, including UN Refugees, UNHCR and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), are assisting those on the move through a cash assistance programme.
“We are really grateful to Moldova and the United Nations for their help and support,” Lubov Fedorovna of Chernopivka told the Secretary-General.
“Our village became famous because of the war because rockets were launched over our heads,” tears continued to roll down her cheeks.
MoldExpo – Refugee Center
After temporarily settling in the largest refugee center in Moldova – At the MoldExpo fairgrounds. – Irina, a mother of four from the Odessa region, could not hold back her tears.
“We left almost immediately and the war started, really scared for our children. And we learned yesterday that our mall had been completely destroyed.
Since the beginning of the war, this reception center and others have taken in nearly half a million refugees.
And at the height of the Ukrainian bloc, the Chisinau complex housed more than ten thousand people.
Although most of them have moved to different countries, nearly one hundred thousand are still in Moldova.
The multilevel crisis requires food, shelter, psychological support and medical assistance – issues familiar to the UN Secretary-General during his years as UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
Moldova helps refugees with basic amenities with help from UN family – Including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNICEF, Population Fund (UNFPA), International Organization for Migration (IOM) and World Food Program (WFP).
What sets this crisis apart is that most refugees are women and childrenNote the Secretary General of the United Nations
He said addressing NGOs working with UN Women.
“They can easily become victims of gender-based violence or human trafficking.”
In cooperation with Moldovan law enforcement and civil society, the United Nations is doing everything in its power to protect Ukrainians from such crimes.
The Women’s Legal Center works at the border and alerts women to potential danger.
The head of the commission, Mariana Boruyana, described “sensitization” as the main weapon against such crimes.
UN news They discussed a recent complaint with the head of another organization, La Strada.
Elena Pozzato said some employees became suspicious when they noticed how the man was treating his traveling companion, a young woman.
“We immediately informed the specialized anti-trafficking unit of the Moldovan police,” she said.
Support for Moldova
Although the war in Ukraine has put enormous pressure on Moldova’s economy, the UN secretary general reminded that the country is not a member of the European Union and cannot count on its support.
He assured President Maya Sandu at a meeting that the United Nations would not abandon Moldova and urged the international community to support the small European country which has hosted the largest number of refugees in terms of its population size. .
youth is important
Despite his busy schedule, the Secretary General took the time to meet with representatives of Moldovan youth.
Members of the UN Advisory Committee on Adolescents and Young People in Moldova raised the important topic of young people leaving the country in a collective way In search of a better life.
To stop mass immigration, Guterres stressed the importance of securing certain conditions in their country of origin, such as education, work and financial independence.
The senior UN official promised to mobilize the international community to provide the comprehensive support that Moldova has received.