Youth talking about refugees

About a week ago I started a a research concerning problem of humanitarian aid for displaced people mostly among students and representatives of 18-25 age category to distingush the variety of social opinions. Those who are still living in Ukraine this theme was kind of palpitant and extremely relevant so while talking about world problems we ended discussing Ukraine itself.

I asked respondents two questions. Some of them have given a detailed account of their thoughts, some have just given a brief answer, but anyway it can help you to figure out how the whole situation looks like through the eyes of youth and their impartial judgement.

How can you help people in warzone on your own?

1. You can help by encouraging your government to take action to offer the warzone humanitarian relief and to encourage them to facilitate peace talks. And by encouraging, that could mean emailing your local politician, signing petitions, protesting/ marching.

Hugh, 20, student, Great Britain

2. As being a photographer I can create some kind of.. like some kind of photo set that will mainly concern on refugee crisis. It will help to attract more attention to what is happening in war zones over the world, you know.

 Boris, 22, photographer, Poland/Ukraine

3. Refugees? I’m from Russia and I’m pretty sure that people are not going to move to the country which made them refugees, you know. If I had enough money I’d donate some or let displaced people live at my place.

 Artyom, 20, tattoo artist, Russian Federation

4. First question.. I guess grant money for charity organization which deals with this problem.

 Aleksandra, 20, student, Poland/Ukraine

5. Talking about my own actions, my colleagues and me organized a party here, in Warsaw and 50% of gained money were later sent to support refugees and people still living in Donbas and Luhansk, Ukraine in Cooperation with Czech company “People in need”. Another 50% were sent to humanitarian aid camp in Idomeni on the Greco-Macedonian border. Total amount of donations was about 19664 zł. If you are interested here is the link: https://facebook.com/events/462137053980860/

Roman, 19, PR Manager, Poland 

6. I would like to help, actually. Not by sending money because I’m not confident about how they can be spent. In Ukraine it’s common to cozen huge masses of people into trusting a lot of money to the fake funds so I’d rather send some needed things like.. Food or warm clothes if they need this kind of supply.

 Victor, 23, post graduated master, Ukraine

7. The only thing that I can do is to donate money or things to the charity organizations that help people and soldiers in the war zone.

 Liza, 18, student, Ukraine

8. As I am a student there are not many ways I can help someone in a warzone. It requires much more effort from organized entities, like charity organizations or funds to aid such people, so the most even thing coming to my mind is taking part in such non-profit activities.

Konstantin, 20, IT specialist, Ukraine/Poland

9. I know that there are quite few institutes which are engaged in helping people from warzones by means of money, food or clothes. I`m a journalist, so subsequently I could write about people who live in warzone, their stories, entities, life in cruel conditions of war. I believe that such issues could spread the idea for helping people who need support.

Valentyn, 18, future journalist, Ukraine

10. First thing that comes into my mind is through providing them with supplies (food, clothing, money for buying essential things).

Arina, 19, make up artist, Russian Federation

How on a scale from 1 to 5 can you rate intensity of your country’s actions concerning the foregoing question?

1. [I rate it as] 2.5 out of 5, our country has been pretty inactive in dealing with the refugee crisis. Like we’re only taking in 20,000 syrians over 5 years…Germany took that number in in a single day.

Hugh, 20, student, Great Britain

2.Rate? About 1 or 2 I guess. Not enough for sure. I think they can do better if they want to.

Boris, 22, photographer, Poland/Ukraine

3. Cannot say anything about evaluation, again I can remind you where I’m from.

Artyom, 20, tattoo artist, Russian Federation

4.I would treat our government actions concerning the foregoing question with the scale 2 due to that fact that the war still continues and there were no proper decision to resolve the conflict.

Aleksandra, 20, student, Poland/Ukraine

5.Concerning second question I can evaluate Polish actions between 4 and 3 points.

Roman, 19, PR Manager, Poland 

6. My girlfriend [she’s a refugee from a East Ukrainian war zone] told me that everything is not as bad as it is shown on a TV screen so.. I’d rate it… i don’t know but maybe about 3. Neither awful nor good.

Victor , 23, post graduated master, Ukraine

7. From scale from 1 to 5 I would give 4, because the war in my country is on agenda for years. I didn’t give 5 as I’m sure that government doesn’t do their best to stop this horrible conflict.

Liza, 18, student, Ukraine

8. Also I am Ukrainian and would evaluate intensity on my country’s actions in this concern with 3 points. My home region is in the state of war for the last few years, but I can see government trying to resolve the issue and help affected people. But in this kind of situation we can only care of our citizens in a warzone, any international help is not working out.

Konstantin, 20, IT specialist, Ukraine/Poland

9.  Only 1. I can’t comment that in a proper way. I`m from Ukraine, ok?

 Valentyn, 18, future journalist, Ukraine.

10. Definitely 2. The government mainly only pretends that it helps and everything shown on a TV screen is mainly for a pickup in our President’s image. Hope my dad won’t abandon me for what I just said and I won’t get into the jail. [laughs].

Arina, 19, make up artist, Russian Federation

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