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On the Polish border with Ukraine, the Medyka sports hall provides beds for 350 refugees each night, reports Fionnán Sheahan & Mark Condren

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Alan Gale, from Lucan, Dublin, and Aigars Joksts, of Kimmage, Dublin, at a reception centre on the Ukraine-Poland border. Photo: Mark Condren

Alan Gale, from Lucan, Dublin, and Aigars Joksts, of Kimmage, Dublin, at a reception centre on the Ukraine-Poland border. Photo: Mark Condren

Row upon row of camp beds at a reception centre in Medyka. Photo: Mark Condren

Row upon row of camp beds at a reception centre in Medyka. Photo: Mark Condren

Ina Kolesnyk and her nephew after crossing the border at Medyka, Poland. Photo: Mark Condren

Ina Kolesnyk and her nephew after crossing the border at Medyka, Poland. Photo: Mark Condren

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Alan Gale, from Lucan, Dublin, and Aigars Joksts, of Kimmage, Dublin, at a reception centre on the Ukraine-Poland border. Photo: Mark Condren

The tightly packed rows of camp beds stretch all across the massive sports hall in Medyka. Against one wall there are mattresses on the floor. A blanket, a pillow and clean towels are on each bed.

Boys throw footballs at the basketball hoops on the wall. In the far corner, Polish volunteers run a creche to keep the smaller children and babies amused for a while.


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