Joyful squeals reached an ear-shattering pitch as Ukrainian children ran across the common room of the Piemont Hotel in Poland. They finally had space to play. Reprimands from adults to quiet down went understandably unheard.
The children who live in this suburban hotel, about 6 miles outside of the city of Łódź, spent hours waiting in lines, in cars and on foot, to cross into Poland from their war-torn homeland.
Many came with mothers, aunts and grandmothers as border guards detained their fathers to help with Ukraine’s war efforts.
Audrey Jackson reports from Pabianice, Poland.