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Visit CISOM – SAMR in Ukraine

23/01/2023

From Thursday 19th till Sunday 22nd, the Romanian and the Italian Relief Corps SAMR and CISOM paid a visit to a few refugees centers and authorities in Kamianets-Podilskyi in Ukraine.

A city of approximately 100.000 inhabitants in a region of 300.000 people spread across over 15 villages. The region hosts several sites for refugees mainly coming from the areas of Bakhmut currently undergoing heavy fighting.

Our delegation included the President of the Italian organization Gerardo Solaro del Borgo, The President and Gen Director of SAMR, Mihaly Denes and Ferenc Tischler, the Head of Programs Anca Simu and several romanian volunteers.

The Diplomatic Service of the Order was represented by the Attache’ to Ukraine Andriy Khanas and the Ambassador to Romania Roberto Musneci who facilitated several institutional meetings which helped defining future programs.

A 10 tons truck of equipment, food and clothing arrived from Italy while 2 vans and a trailer were delivered from Romania with food and presents for the children of the two refugees sites visited.
The head of the regional authorities Myhailo Simashkevich and his team had built a solid operational relationship with the Romanian SAMR team in Siret which visited Kamianiets-Podilskyi over 10 times in the past months with the support of our Relief Corp in Ukraine. For these reasons, the visit was effective from the operational standpoint and the Institutional one and gave the possibility to interact extensively with the people displaced, the relief organizations and local authorities. There was also a useful meeting with the Bishop of KP, HE Leon Dubravski who stressed the need for psychological support to people and wounded personnel coming from war zones.

Beyond the immediate support, that will continue in the coming weeks, several other projects to address medical and other basic needs were discussed and will be further detailed in the immediate future.

Romania is becoming a hub for supporting populations in Ukraine particularly in this bordering region where relationships were already close before the war. The strong Romanian relationships in the region and the capabilities of SAMR can be leveraged by larger Relief Corps of the Order such as CISOM in Italy or others, providing a better and more continuous service to the people in distress with the constant involvement also of the local Ukranian Relief Corp.

In other words, as usual, synergy and coordination win!