|Author: Christina Quist||Original title: Hjelpesending frame Budapest|
|Publication: l-a.no||Date: 23:15 07/09/2015|
Donations have arrived in Budapest
Monday afternoon an envoy of three cars arrived in Budapest. The content was three tons of goods for the Syrian refugees in Budapest.
BUDAPEST: Give us a helping hand!, Anna Pasztor shouts.
The volunteers line up immediately in the run-down building, and quickly start emptying the car. A short hour later they have emptied the car from Mandal, (southern – trans.) Norway, all bags sorted in piles. In a corner, there are thin matresses, half the way to the ceiling, Another room is filled with diapers and sanitary items.
We opened this location two days ago to take care of all the things given to the refugees, Pasztor says. We are a group of several musicians who decided to help. (Anna Pasztor is the singer of the popular band, Anna and the Barbies. – trans.) This help is incredible, and these three people came all the way from Norway to help.
Out of proportion
Dramatic scenes took place last week at the Keleti railway station, in the Hungarian city of Budapest. Several thousand refugees had made it across the Hungarian borders. Many continued on foot to Austria, several thousand people were stranded in different railway stations, while others were in camps along the border.
I can´t do much, but I can do a little. That is more than nothing, says Victorie Hille (26) from Mandal.
Hille is studying in Budapest. At home in Norway, she used her Facebook account to ask for warm clothing for the refugees, as she had room in her car. Hill lives near the Keleti station, and wished to contribute as much as she could. At the time, she did not realise what she had just started. In the end, she had to ask people to stop. She had already filled her own car, and two more cars, with sanitary items, shoes, blankets, all kinds of clothing – all together three thousand kilos.
It has been overwhelming, and we got so much help from volunteers here. It is surreal, Hille says.
Some of the stuff was put back in the car and immediately driven away, Johnny Haugland says. The need is great.
The authorities do very little.
The people from Mandal were received by a representative of Migration Aid, Marta Varga.
We have to admit that the Hungarian authorities have done little so far. This exodus started several months ago. The refugees are of Syrian, Afghan and Iraqi origin.
She tells us that help is not organised at an official level. All help depends on volunteers. The authorities do nothing. So they let the refugees stay at the railway station, but the refugees need help. They arrive empty-handed.