Ukrainian Refugees: Notes From The Train Station

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. — Image from Azovstal by © Dmytro Kozatsky
A t-shirt that we have from our company for Volunteer Time-Off. © Photo from the author’s archive
Photo by Marek Studzinski on Unsplash

Needles to say, they’ve never been persecuted for it.

Well, unless you count the Russian troops who came to “liberate” them and “denazify” from the mythical Ukrainian Nazis, that never existed except in someone’s sick imagination. Because of the Russian “liberators”, they were forced to leave the country. They’re destined for Tegel and its distribution center, since they have no one in Germany to host them.

We send people to the nothingness, hoping that someone, somewhere, will find the answers that we’re unable to provide.

We don’t know who, or how.

I think that I couldn’t agree less. “This whole thing” is a mess.

In the morning, I’ve brought two big packs — about 50 pieces — of HotWheels cars to the play corner. I’ve seen many HotWheels cars being requested at Berlin Hauptbahnhof, so I thought it would be a good idea to bring some to the tent as well. I know from experience that a little kid with a small car clutched in his tiny hand behaves three times calmer and throws a hundred times fewer tantrums than a kid without one. So I bring the cars, and we place them on the shelves in the play corner before I start the day.

Rescue cars set © Photo from the author’s archive



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In German, Rabenmutter is a “Raven mother” — a mother, neglecting her children. In short, not a very good mother.