Follow this page for updates from Ali Fawzi and Paolo Arrigo, the two friends who have left Harrow to head to the Ukrainian border to help refugees.
“We are shattered. 26 hours of driving, finally got to our hotel in Lublin. Had a quick look around before heading up to bed. Big day tomorrow, believe we are moving closer into the border, dropping off aid, locating refugees and then bringing them back. If the need is greater we will stay an extra day. We intend to return again in the next few weeks.”
“We have finished up at the aid centre in Lublin and heading off towards Ukraine border crossing.” said Ali Fawzi, one of the two men on a rescue mission.
“We met plenty of people from all around the world all here to do their bit, the atmosphere is one of unity and urgency, everybody wants to do what they can to help out.
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“Language barriers haven’t been as bad as we thought as a few people here speak English.”
The guys have picked up three refugees so far, a mother and two daughters, and they are currently taking them to Poland.
“Currently on the way to Katowice where our three passengers will be staying with family and where Paolo and I will be staying the night. Whole process was fairly straightforward.
“We intend to move back towards London tomorrow.
“Two daughters and a mother, distraught. Both same ages as Paolo’s own kids. Their eldest is two years younger than me. Really puts life into perspective.”
“Dropped off our friends, got to our hotel, doing some brexit related paperwork to get back into the UK tomorrow. whole day of pure driving, none of us have brought EU adapters with us and we are running on low battery both digitally and physically”