Rand Richards CooperMay 19, 2022
The Polish Response to the Ukrainian Refugee Crisis
A Discussion with Rand Richards Cooper
New Books Network 2022
Some 12 million Ukrainians – a quarter of the population -- have been forced to flee their homes or their country as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Millions are concentrated in Poland as well as in other countries in the region: Romania, Hungary, Moldova, Finland, Germany and elsewhere. How are they faring as refugees? This week on International Horizons, RBI Director John Torpey speaks with Rand Richards Cooper, a journalist, editor and writer, about his recent trip to visit Ukrainian refugees in Poland alongside magician Bill Herz. In addition to anecdotes from the magic shows and his interviews, Cooper describes the extraordinary Polish response to the refugee influx, the varied refugee experience, how the war has divided families, and the long shadow of World War Two.