Twenty-six women and children. Tireless Sokolovs from Dobřichovice run a small iROZHLAS refugee camp

The Sokolov family from Dobřichovice u Berounky was among the first to build a large non-state vaccination center at their own expense. In the same style, they transformed the falconry into a temporary refuge for Ukrainian refugees. Fifty women with children who live in tents where they were previously vaccinated have found facilities in the gym. Although the halls are mainly designed for short-term accommodation, dozens of families stay in the Dobřichovice Sokolovna for a whole month.




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The white tent can hold four beds, which is enough for Marika, 37, her three children and a dog. They escaped from Ivano-Frankovsko and arrived in Dobřichovice by accident. The youngest son has just caught a scooter and is leaving for other friends. The children are screaming, they are constantly moving here and there and the mothers are not trying to stop them.

Listen to a report about Ukrainian refugees in Dobřichovice.

Marika is happy when the children are happy. “Everything can be heard at night, the children cry sometimes, but we got used to it here. The tent is not so bad for sleeping. The children have friends here, they have fun”, he says in Radiozurnál.

Donors brought automatic washing machines, so Marika could wash herself. The older children go to school and the smiling woman hopes to return home as soon as possible.

The Sokolov family from Dobřichovice opened the refugee house on the third day of the war, that is, February 26. After a turbulent start, the organization has slowly “settled down” and the refugees are taking care of the running of the falconry themselves. Oksana, who has lived in the Czech Republic for thirteen years, helps them a lot.

Ukrainian children watch fairy tales on computers in the Dobrichov Falconry. | Photo: Ľubomir Smatana Source: Czech Radio

“There are women for whom we have stayed with people, but they didn’t want to disturb anyone. It’s private, but you won’t get in your way. Moreover, as the Ukrainian army increasingly expels troops Russians to the east, the women are talking about coming back. I’ve heard that some have come back, but I don’t know any of them personally. It’s called that.”

Donations from sponsors, scouts and residents

According to the mayor of Dobřichovice Sokol, Jaroslav Čermák, twenty-six women and children lived here. “Footballers and futsalists not only took it and started training outside, but they came here to help and organize. There is internet here, we brought Ukrainian television here, we import hot meals three times a day,” he explains.

Falcon care costs money. In March alone they donated more than a hundred thousand crowns for energy. So far, according to Deputy Mayor Sokol Jiří Geisler, this is true of what they have earned by running the vaccination center. “It’s about a million, and it was charity money anyway.”


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The Sokolovs also receive donations from sponsors, scouts, the food bank and also people from Dobřichovice and the surrounding area. Therefore, they set up a humanitarian warehouse, which is in charge of volunteer firefighters. There is food in one room, clothes hang on hangers in the largest room, and there are balanced hygiene items on the shelves with signs in Ukrainian.

According to fire chief Martin Jurkovec, it’s not just because of refugees in falconry. “Ukrainian mothers from the villages around Berounka come here, they learned that it works here. For example, over the weekend we brought out eight pallets of materials, mainly pharmacies and food. That’s why we are happy that people continue to help us.”

La Karolína is currently sorting boxes in the food warehouse. She comes here as a volunteer three times a week, and although she finds that after people’s first enthusiasms her help dwindles, she is satisfied with herself. Maybe she managed to get a jacket for a long-armed teenager who didn’t have a jacket. She called Facebook and got it right away.

“It makes sense. I’m probably doing it for altruistic reasons, because I’m good at doing good for others.”

Ľubomir Smatana

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