“The third wave of solidarity against imperialism”.Michal Klossowski’s Tribune

Every country, every country has its own DNA, and the war in Ukraine only confirms this observation. Whereas Russia is constituted by imperial ideas, whatever their historical moments, political regimes, intellectual currents, or forces on the ground, Poland is made up of the now re-emerging aid and solidarity. increase. The best example of this is our openness to Ukrainians fleeing the war and our support to those fighting for independence and freedom.

The numbers speak for themselves. More than 6 million refugees have passed through border crossings between the two countries. Poland has become a hub of aid provided to Ukraine. Poles have opened up their minds, homes, schools and universities in a big way. So far things haven’t always gone as planned, but this is the beginning of a new story for her two neighboring companies.

This change comes from the lessons of our own history of freedom and independence, the right to self-determination, and the constant struggle to remain disconnected from the powers around us. This is exactly what Ukrainians are fighting for today.

We were welcomed by great immigration (first half of the 19th century) France, England, Persia and even as far away as India. We could rely on friends around the world when our lives were threatened. Today it is the Ukrainians who will thank us for our welcome.

restartThe Poles share information about how many humanitarian troops can be accommodated, fed and organized. They promise to sacrifice their health and lives. Ukrainians are transported from the border into the country free of charge, and the railway provides free tickets to Ukrainian refugees. The government made available to Ukrainians everything that Polish citizens could benefit from. Over 500 benefits, medical assistance, social assistance and education for children.

This is a new beginning, the third wave of solidarity that is currently rocking Poland. The first was that of the trade union “Solidarity” of the same name. Second, after the death of John his Paul his II, there was great national momentum as we promised each other harmony and peace and over the course of several weeks the whole country came to a national consensus. That’s it. The success of Poland’s transformation over the past 30 years has been halved, and a third wave is now occurring. We share everything with Ukrainians.

Refugees are mainly housed in private homes. That number is in the millions. Someone can counter: they were welcomed by the Ukrainian diaspora, who have settled in Poland since 2014, by churches and other organizations. And there was no need to build refugee camps because Poland still has powerful institutions like the Church, and is content to help without flashes and unnecessary publicity. because it is on top of Refugees were able to discover what Polish proverbial hospitality is (“Guest in the house, God in the house”). Not only do they find refuge in Poles’ homes, they also find refuge in college dormitories and hotels. There, the state covers the cost of lodging and meals, and volunteer services are generally provided by young Poles with generations of experience remaining.

We must do everything we can to care for those who have fled Ukraine. If, after the initial euphoria, we allow the vices of the nation to triumph, we miss the golden opportunity that lies ahead of us today. Freedom, democracy and solidarity are not empty slogans for Poles and Ukrainians. As for other countries liberated from the “red tyranny”, they are very important.

Michał Kłosowski is Deputy Editor-in-Chief of ‘Wszystko Co Najważniejsze’ and Head of the Special Projects Department at the Institute of New Media.

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