In Berlin’s central railway station the trains arriving from the east come carrying thousands of refugees every day – men, women and children fleeing Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine.

Those who want to head onwards get free train tickets to anywhere in Europe. Those who don’t, or don’t know where they should go, get ushered down to a cavernous hall.

What they find is a huge operation to welcome them. Food and drink is handed out along with sim cards for phones, and there medical teams, translators, volunteers and organisers to help.

And there’s a crowd, hundreds strong, of German families standing there too, offering places in their homes to the refugees. They hold up homemade signs:

“Can host two people! Short or long-term,” says one.

“Big room. One-three people. Children welcome too! For as long as you want,” says another.


Source: BBC News