An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
THE WAR IN UKRAINE is about to hit a lot closer to home.
At this writing, more than 600,000 people have fled Ukraine to escape the Russian onslaught. They’re crossing into Poland, Romania, Moldova and Slovakia. The total grows by 50,000 people every day, and the European Union estimates the ultimate number may hit as many as four million. That’s staggering.
The queues at border crossings are reaching for miles; some refugees are waiting days to get to the other side. Many are on foot.
While they are safe once they cross, they might not be able to return home and will need to be permanently relocated. Where will they go?
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at email@example.com.