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Commissioner for the Human Rights in Michałowo Humanitarian Point
Dunja Mijatovic, who is the Commissioner for the Human Rights at the Council of Europe, was joined by the representatives of the Polish Ombudsman's office on the first leg of her visit to assess the situation on the border between Poland and Belarus and gain first-hand accounts from activists and volunteers engaged in humanitarian efforts in the region.
The Commissioner paid a visit to the municipality of Michałowo and met with the representatives of different NGOs to obtain first-hand knowledge about the work they do, about the conditions on the border, and to inquire what can be done to improve the situation of people seeking refuge in Poland, who have been effectively stranded between Poland and Belarus. Volunteers and activists spoke out about their experiences. We shared information about how the humanitarian aid point is organized, how it's run, and its impact on the work of volunteers on the ground. It is worth noting that we have established the first link in a supply chain for volunteers and activists, who work to reach the refugees and donated medical equipment and perishables for over PLN 40 000 to medics running emergency medical assistance on the border.
As weather conditions deteriorate and the access to the area where most people, who require help, are currently stranded or lost is restricted, the situation becomes more and more concerning.
Together with other NGOs and activists, we reiterated our demands for humanitarian aid workers and medics to be allowed entry to the restricted area around the border between Poland and Belarus. We also ask for journalists to be allowed to report from the restricted area.
The digital PET-CT scanner is a device which allows highly accurate and detailed imaging of tumour foci in children bodies. This equipment purchased by the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation for nearly PLN 16 mln is the most expensive machine in the history of the GOCC.
The lion's share of online collections started already on the first of December, giving our donors the opportunity to take part in the 30th Finale of the Great Orchestra, two whole months before the last Sunday of January.