In view of the emer­gency situ­a­tion on the Ukrain­ian-Polish border, a fact-find­ing team from the aid organ­i­sa­tion @fire - Inter­na­tionaler Katas­tro­phen­schutz Deutsch­land e.V. in coop­er­a­tion with the Björn Steiger Foun­da­tion and the Insti­tute for Euro­pean Affairs - INEA - is currently on mission in the Polish border town of Chelm to iden­tify human­i­tar­ian needs. The assign­ment is carried out at the request of the City President.

The town of Chelm is located at the north­ern­most of eight Polish-Ukrain­ian border cross­ings. In the Lublin Voivode­ship, the city is one of the first recep­tion centres that refugees reach - by trains, buses and private cars. Every day, thou­sands of refugees - mainly moth­ers with chil­dren - arrive in the city of 65,000 inhab­i­tants. They are provided with meals and accom­mo­da­tion and, if neces­sary, receive primary health care.

Based on the needs iden­ti­fied and in consul­ta­tion with the City Pres­i­dent, a relief oper­a­tion may follow, if neces­sary, to assist the city in caring for and provid­ing for the incom­ing refugees.