Donations to Ukraine Exceed NT$600m and 4,000 Boxes 台人熱心援烏 善款超過6億.物資逾4千箱

Both Taiwan government and the private sectors are ramping up their effort to help Ukraine. To date, Taiwanese people have donated over NT$ 60 million, as well as 4,000 boxes of collected necessities. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also announced the second wave of refugee assistance initiation, and that it plans to relax restrictions on visitations from Ukraine to Taiwan.


Donator: “Taiwanese are very compassionate so if Ukraine needs help, we all would gladly help. ”

The volunteers are busy organizing boxes and boxes of donated goods, while the basement is already filled with boxes. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs' initiation of a donation drive for Ukrainian refugees has been responded to with enthusiasm. Not only did trucks come one after another, people actually personally brought over diapers, formula milk, and blankets, hoping to contribute to this cause.

Donator: “I saw on the news that many children are hurt so I was very concerned that they do not have diapers. I also saw that other people donated strollers so I felt that I wanted to contribute somehow, to help support and encourage the mothers over there.”

Donator: “Russia is a bit too oppressive they should not have started a war. It's terrible, so we feel really bad for the refugees and figured maybe we can donate some blankets.”

Statistics from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs show that to date, they have received over 4,000 boxes of goods with over 2,000 people personally bringing items over. Moreover, many businesses have followed suit, including a Kaohsiung pharmaceutical company that donated one ton of antibiotics and other meds. The donation account established by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has received over NT$600 million.

Yang Syin-yi, Director-General, Dept. of Western Asia and African Affairs, MOFA: “The first donation is NT$100 million, which will be allocated by the Taipei Representative Office in Poland to the designated Polish authority.”

The Ministry of Foreign affairs announced on March 15 that the second wave of assistance will include $6.5 million to Poland, $1.5 million to Slovakia, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia respectively, and $500,000 to Lithuania, totaling $11.5 million to be used in assisting the refugees in these five nations. In addition, the government has relaxed on a case-by-case basis the restrictions governing visitations to Taiwan from Ukrainian family members. There have been about 10 cases in consultation. President Tsai Ing-wen again reiterated her position in supporting Ukraine.

Tsai Ing-wen, ROC President: “...also been deeply moved by the Ukrainian people's resolve in defending their country and their democratic way of life. By speaking all together against the invasion of Ukraine, we stand united behind the values that we share.”

President Tsai Ing-wen emphasized on International Holocaust Remembrance Day that if Taiwan cannot learn from past mistakes, history will be bound to repeat itself. Ukraine is facing totalitarian oppression, so Taiwan must unite ourselves and safeguard the fundamental values of democracy.

 

 

捐贈民眾說:「台灣人很有愛心,烏克蘭需要幫忙,我們都會幫忙。」
 

志工忙著整理一箱箱物資,地下室已經被滿滿紙箱塞滿,外交部向民間募集捐贈烏克蘭難民的物資,民眾相當熱情,不但貨車一輛接著一輛,不少民眾更親自帶著尿布,奶粉,以及毛毯前來,希望能夠送暖盡一份心力。

捐贈民眾說:「看到新聞說很多小朋友,可能就是受傷或是什麼,很怕他們沒有尿布,也看到其他人有捐嬰兒車,所以想說盡一份自己的心力,幫助那邊的媽媽幫他們打氣。」

捐贈民眾說:「俄羅斯有一點太欺負人家了,這個不該發動戰爭,這樣子太恐怖,所以我們就想說他們那個難民那麼可憐,就想說拿那個毛毯來捐。」

外交部統計截至目前已經收到超過四千箱的愛心物資,有將近兩千人親自來捐贈,另外企業界也有不少動作,高雄製藥大廠,也捐贈抗生素及維生素共1噸的藥品,外交部開設的帳戶善款也超過六億。

外交部亞非司長楊心怡表示:「第一筆善款是1億台幣,也將由駐波蘭代表處轉交給波蘭所指定的專責機構。」

外交部15號也宣布第二波援助行動,將分別捐贈波蘭650萬美元,斯洛伐克,匈牙利捷克,各150萬美元,立陶宛50萬美元,加總1150萬美元,援助安置在這歐洲五國的烏克蘭難民,另外也專案放寬烏克蘭及親屬來台探親,目前收到十多件詢問,還在處理中,總統蔡英文也再度表達力挺烏克蘭的立場。

總統蔡英文表示:「烏克蘭人民捍衛國家,和民主生活方式的決心,也讓我們備受感動,我們團結一致,支持我們共享的價值。」

蔡英文在國際猶太大屠殺紀念日上強調,如果無法記取過去的錯誤,必將重蹈覆轍,目前烏克蘭正面臨威權侵略,我們必須要團結,維護民主價值。

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