CHISINAU (Dagbladet): In the capital of Moldova, there are two large refugee reception centers that receive refugees from Ukraine.
In one of the centers – MoldExpo – they receive so-called ethnic Ukrainians.
In the other center – the Manges – they receive refugees belonging to other ethnic groups, such as Romans or Gypsies.
Refugees who come to Moldova from Ukraine are separated on the basis of ethnicity, and Dagbladet is informed by volunteers who work in the various centers.
Conditions are awful
On Thursday afternoon, Dagbladet visited the refugee reception center in Mange. In fact, the building is an indoor gym. There is now a dormitory for several hundred refugees.
Most of the refugees here are Roman-Gypsies.
– The conditions are appalling, says Zhanna Mirzojieva, the room from Odessa to Dagbladet.
She arrived in Moldova on Thursday via the border town of Palanca, which Dagbladet visited yesterday, and was transferred to the Maneg center. She had no other choice.
We don’t get blankets, quilts or pillows. Food is bad or inedible. Today we got rice from yesterday. The heat was not turned on, and if we wanted to drink water, we did not get glass or plastic cups, Merzojeva told Dagbladet.
Mirzojieva says she has eight children, but only took four of them to Moldova. The other four are over 18 years old and must remain in Ukraine.
At worst, to fight Vladimir Putin’s invading forces.
I don’t know why we are treated this way. The only thing I can do is be sure of what I have observed and experience, as Merzojeva told Dagbladet.
Prison is better
Inside the Mange Center, there are hardly any volunteers to be seen. There is one volunteer for every 60 or 70 refugees.
For every request for help, very few are answered.
Practically all Dagbladet refugees pass by, begging for help. When they understand that the Dagbladet journalists are neither from the authorities nor from a volunteer aid organization, they are disappointed.
Merzojeva from Odessa visits Dagbladet. You are frustrated and want to talk about what is going on at the Mang Center.
Prison conditions are better here. How do children sleep without blankets or comforters? When it’s not hot, food or water here?
The refugee wants to go to Russia
When Dagbladet interviews Merzojeva, more people come. They are also disappointed and share Merzojeva’s views.
– They promised us buses to Germany. First they said he would come this morning. Then they said he came on Saturday. Then they said he would come tomorrow. Another woman tells Dagbladet that we don’t know what’s going on.
Dagbladet cannot verify whether such a promise was made.
Inside the center, they placed the patients in one part of the hall, and the healthy in another part of the hall. The patients are either infected or sick with the virus, Mirzojieva says.
Dagbladet meets an elderly woman lying in a camp bed, as well as her room. Larissa, her name is. Between hosting and accommodation, she says, you want, from all places, to Russia.
– My children live in a suburb outside Moscow, she says.
– I want them, she adds.
2500 brought from Moldova
More than 317,000 refugees have arrived in Moldova since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. According to the Moldovan authorities. Moldova is one of the poorest countries in Europe, and relies on other countries to help raise the refugee gang.
Today, Norway has responded to Moldova’s request for help.
Moldova has asked for help to deal with the influx of refugees, and Norway will stand up, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store (Labour) said at a press conference Thursday evening.
Norway will bring 2,500 Ukrainian refugees from Moldova. How and when the government can respond on Thursday evening.
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