Posted: Aug 06, 2022 12:01 AM
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NASHVILLE — “We don’t have refugee camps in Poland,” Szymon Czyszek explains. Instead, Poles have welcomed Ukrainians into their private homes, despite often speaking different languages. Czyszek is in the United States for the Knights of Columbus annual convention, giving testimony to what the Knights have seen and done in Poland and Ukraine to help innocent victims of the Russian war on the Ukrainian people. He remembers a mother who had an 8-day-old baby with her. She walked five days in freezing temperatures during “a time that should be filled with joy and hope, and she had to flee.” He says “these stories never end” of people surmounting physically and mentally rigorous challenges.
For Czyszek, the war in Ukraine is not about foreign headlines, but real men, women and children. “For us to prevail, it is essential that we are spiritually and morally stronger than our enemies,” he says.
At the same time, people need food, water, roofs and jobs. To be able