AMDA Emergency Relief #20: Crisis in Ukraine (April 26, 2022) – Hungary

In order to help evacuees from Ukraine, a nurse from the joint *AMDA-TICO relief team has been working in Beregsurany, a village on the Hungarian border since April 23. In his reception center for evacuees, the nurse works around the clock to care for those who have fled the war zone while maintaining the living environment of the shelter.

On April 22, a man in his 60s presented to the temporary support center clinic and complained of intense stress, sneezing, coughing and difficulty breathing. After a serious medical issue was detected during the ECG test, the man was later transferred to a full hospital for further treatment. A local rescue team transported the patient to an ambulance for transfer.

The clinic was busy that day with patient after patient presenting with symptoms including high blood pressure, dizziness and headaches. Contrary to the decline in the number of evacuees overall, this proves that there has always been some level of medical need.

As noted in the previous newsletter (#19), the aforementioned nurse also actively interacts with the children at the shelter. He often plays with them to let his hair down because life at the shelter is not particularly easy for minors.

Among those he met were a mother and her two children who escaped from Chernobyl. When the Russian forces left, the family ran for their lives and finally reached Beregsurany after long and difficult journeys. They saw firsthand a line of Russian tanks drive past and plumes of smoke rising into the sky after a missile launch. Although the family seemed happy at first glance, he couldn’t forget the sadness that appeared on their faces as they talked about their experience.

Charity sports event for Ukrainian children (Kisvarda):
On April 21, AMDA-TICO’s local counterpart organized a sports event for Ukrainian children in Kisvarda. Said nurse was on duty at the site’s aid station. AMDA-TICO also provided candies and juices to those who attended the event.

*For this mission, AMDA is working with TICO, a humanitarian NGO based in Tokushima, Japan.

Julio V. Miller