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Yearning for Home

April 29, 2022


Disaster Relief

To better learn what awaits people as they cross Ukraine’s borders, the Tzu Chi Relief team heads to Medyka, Poland. There, Tzu Chi USA Chief Executive Officer Debra Boudreaux observes the many NGOs welcoming people who are arriving on foot. “You can see a lot of international NGOs; each NGO has their own tents and indicates their services,” she points out.

For many, it’s a very long walk. For those in cars, however, it’s no slice of pie either. By customs at the Polish border, a long queue of cars, for as far as the eye can see, slowly shuffles forward. One young woman says, “we’re waiting here for three nights, and now it is the fourth day” that she and her family members have been waiting for their car to be admitted. She highlights the restlessness of it: “you can’t sleep there because every 40 minutes we are ‘go, go,’” because the cars must steadily pull up.

Nevertheless, Debra and her fellow teammates are ready to provide weary travelers some comfort with food. She knows it doesn’t fill the bigger void, noting “they just want to go back to their home, their own sweet home,” yet she knows comfort and a bit of care can help.

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Director: Ting Fan
DP: Jaime Puerta
Editor: Ting Fan / Jaime Puerta

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