Lower Saxony and Bremen
Martinsclub: escape assistance for people with disabilities
Bremen (dpa/lni) – Employees of the Martinsclub Bremen helped disabled people to escape from the war zone on the Polish-Ukrainian border. As the association announced on Friday, they worked with Polish aid organizations that brought people from Ukraine across the border. In addition, they asked organizations active in helping the disabled in Germany to organize transport and create accommodation that is as barrier-free as possible. “After a few days, as Martinsclub, we pretty much had the leading role in helping people with disabilities escape,” says Martinsclub board member Thomas Bretschneider. During the ten-day mission, more than 70 people were referred to German organizations and brought to safety.
After the return of Martinsclub employees to Bremen, there is no longer any coordinated escape assistance for people with disabilities at the Polish-Ukrainian border, according to the association. “Our hope was that there would be one or more disability aid organizations that would take over the coordination of professional aid on site,” Bretschneider said. “Despite an intensive search and countless phone calls to all kinds of disability aid organizations, this has been unsuccessful.” This is very sad, because it is about saving lives. “The situation in Ukraine and at the borders is already catastrophic, but it is even more dramatic and difficult for people with disabilities to get to safety,” Bretschneider said.
According to the non-profit association Martinsclub, it is one of the largest providers of assistance for the disabled in the state of Bremen.