WHO urges mental health support for Ukraine refugees

STORY: 1.8 million refugees have fled into Poland, and thousands more refugees crossed into Eastern Europe, as the war in Ukraine entered its fourth week.

About 3.2 million have fled abroad, United Nations data showed, in what has become Europe's fastest-growing refugee crisis since World War Two.

In Medyka, refugees are seeking shelter in a former school gym. They can rest, see a nurse for basic medical services and recover before moving on to other cities in Poland or beyond.

Selma Sevkli, a mental health expert for WHO, said there was a great need for psychological support for Ukrainian refugees.

“The most urgent need for people actually is mental health. Every other essential need is covered, but people need somebody to listen to them,” she said.