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Slovak Govt Plenipotentiary for Romani Communities joins aid effort for refugees from Ukraine, monitoring patrols will make sure Romani refugees are assisted too

10.3.2022 15:27
A border crossing between Slovakia and Ukraine, 9 March 2022. (PHOTO:  Facebook page of the Slovak Government Plenipotentiary for Romani Communities)
A border crossing between Slovakia and Ukraine, 9 March 2022. (PHOTO: Facebook page of the Slovak Government Plenipotentiary for Romani Communities)

The Office of the Slovak Government Plenipotentiary for Romani Communities (ÚSVRK) is now involved with assisting refugees from Ukraine and representatives of the office are taking part in Crisis Staff meetings, providing assistance to help Romani refugees in particular, and preparing monitoring patrols at the border crossings of Ubľa, Velká Slemence and Vyšné Německé. Plenipotentiary for Romani Communities Ján Hero has posted the news to Facebook.

"Given the current situation on the Slovak-Ukrainian border, the Office of the Slovak Government Plenipotentiary for Roma Communities is interested in aiding this crisis situation in general and in assisting all residents regardless of their nationality," Hero said, adding that due to reported critical situations and inadequate actions by volunteers helping members of the public, there is a reason for his office to provide assistance. "So far, we have intervened to help 75 refugees at the Catholic Charity House in Dolní Smokovec during their temporary stay."

"At the request of Caritas Slovakia, we directly performed tasks ranging from interpreting, to ensuring the normal operation of the facility, to assisting during the transport of refugees to Munich," Hero posted. "We also provided similar services in the small tent city in Humenné." 

According to him, the Office's representatives have regularly attended meetings of the Permanent Crisis Staff twice, where they have informed the staff about the course of their interventions. "In cooperation with the Crime Prevention Department of the Ministry of the Interior of the Slovak Republic, ÚSVRK employees have translated important information materials into the Romanes language," Hero posted to Facebook.

"The ÚSVRK intends to continue this cooperation," the Plenipotentiary said. As one of its activities, the Office also proposes monitoring the situation at the three border crossings of Ubľa, Velká Slemence and Vyšné Německé.

"The intention is to create monitoring patrols that will, in cooperation with all entities operating at the borders, get a hold of this crisis situation," Hero posted to Facebook. Slovak MEP Peter Pollák had previously informed ROMEA TV that Romani coordinators were being introduced at the border crossings. 

ryz, translated by Gwendolyn Albert
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