An NBC News reporter Ellison Barber was reporting on life in refugee camps when she was interrupted by an adorable Ukrainian child.
Barber, who was filming in Poland, was reporting about the current Russian invasion of Ukraine. And her Sunday Focus segment focused on the 1.5 million refugees who have left loved ones behind after fleeing to neighboring countries like Poland, Hungary, and Romania for safety.
“We’ve spoken to some people here today who told us they left now because they were trying to really wait until the very last minute,” Barber shared in a clip that also aired on MSNBC. “They did not want to go.”
She went on saying, “But then, as they talked to their family members, friends outside of Ukraine, they convinced them to take their children and come somewhere safe to Poland until they can go back.”
The camera then revealed refugees gathering necessities from tents. In addition, there were also boxes full of food and other supplies on the ground. Barber said that the Polish government has organized some of the support but many volunteers are responsible for refugees receiving help.
“The decision to leave everything they know behind so that their children, their loved ones have a chance to grow up safely is a brave decision and we have met so many people who have made that choice,” Ellison Barber says.https://t.co/vKQuA4tXDD— MSNBC (@MSNBC) March 4, 2022
A little Ukrainian girl stepped into the camera frame as she reported what the Polish government requested volunteers to send.
“This is one of our friends we’ve been playing soccer with all morning,” Barber shared after patting the Ukrainian child on the head.
The Ukrainian child tossed the ball in the air a few times and flashed a quick smile at the camera.
Barber continued to walk with the Ukrainian girl around the camp, adding, “Try to find organized groups, volunteer aides and send money that way because they are trying at this point to not just have an immediate of things, but kind of have a more organized, structured approach to where things go from here.”
Barber then gestured toward the child and shared how many families, including women and children, are seeking assistance in the camps and “desperately hoping they can go home.”
When the girl was shown one final time, MSNBC’s Chris Jansing said, “Amid that desperation, it is joyful to see a child who is smiling and at least having a little fun.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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