Warsaw, Unicef sign refugee deal

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Warsaw City Hall and Unicef have agreed to work together in responding to urgent needs of Ukrainian refugee children and families in Poland.

Rafal Trzaskowski, the mayor of Warsaw, and Afshan Khan, Unicef regional director for Europe and Central Africa, signed the agreement in Warsaw on Saturday.

"It is yet another example of Warsaw's cooperation with international organisations that have experience in responding to humanitarian crises," Trzaskowski said, adding that "Unicef may help take care of children, one of the most sensitive challenges we're facing."

Warsaw and Unicef have agreed to work together in transforming some office buildings in the Polish capital into centres of education for Ukrainian children.

According to Trzaskowski, "the city of Warsaw and Unicef want to cooperate and make sure that the children that we are hosting have access to all necessary public services and are taken good care of."

Afshan Kahn said that Ukrainian children needed help in continuing their education, adaptation to the life in Poland and that they also required psychological assistance after experiencing the war.

Some 2,000 refugees, including close to 700 children, have been relocated to buildings administered by the city of Warsaw.

Nearly 15,000 Ukrainian school children have been admitted to Warsaw kindergartens and schools. Some seven percent of all primary school students are Ukrainian refugees who arrived in Poland after February 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine.