Abstain from fireworks, refugee support groups plead

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Several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) invite state and local government authorities, businesses and residents to abstain from fireworks for the sake of Ukrainian refugees, said Linda Jākobsona representative of the association “Gribu palīdzēt bēgļiem”, on April 27.

"Noises similar to bomb strikes can lead to the re-traumatization of Ukrainian people. Thus, the sounds of fireworks can return people to the situation they have recently escaped from," said Gunta Vīksne, Chair of the asylum Drošā Māja.

Jākobsons said that Latvia and its residents have shown their readiness to welcome the Ukrainian people fleeing the war, providing housing, clothing, education and other forms of assistance throughout Latvia.

“This would be another step to allow people to feel better in our country without being startled from noise and without experiencing painful memories,” said Jākobsons.

The following NGO members joined the call: "Gribu palīdzēt bēgļiem"; "Patvērums "Drošā māja"; Ukrainian support association; Ukrainian Congress of Latvia; Latvian Youth council; Latvijas Skautu un gaidu centrālā organizācija; "Tautas palīdzības fonds"; Latvijas SOS Bērnu ciematu asociācija, "Viegli palīdzēt"; "Labdarības lapa"; "Marta"; Latvijas Lauku forums; "Sustento"; "Make Room Europe"; "Tavi draugi".

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