"It was pure chaos." That's how Natasha Boom, Orphan's Promise's regional manager for Europe, described the Polish border, where women, children and families continue to flee following Russia's brutal invasion of Ukraine.
From traumatized kids screaming to allegations that human traffickers are posing as pastors and trying to abduct children, difficulties and horrors plague Ukrainian refugees.
Human Trafficking at the Border
During a special live prayer event Friday hosted by CBN News, Boom described the many scenes she recently observed on the border, including a mother who had tied a rope around her girls for fear of them being taken.
"This one mother ... she had a rope tied around her waist with four little girls probably under the age of five wrapped around it because there [is] risk of traffickers and she didn't want to fall asleep with her children there," she said.
Boom continued, "The border guards were some of the most incredible people I met. Some of them haven't slept because they wanted to stay awake to protect the children."
The aid worker said the trafficking issue is the "biggest prayer request at the moment," especially considering how many of these children and families are at-risk.
"We heard reports on the ground this week regarding traffickers pretending to be pastors and turning up with minibusses and coaches," Boom said. "Some of the border guards said, 'There are traffickers here, but how do we know? There are thousands of people.'"
She said the situation is complicated and asked the public to pray for these unimaginable evils to be thwarted.
"That is one of my biggest prayer requests ... that this evil can be exposed for what it is," Boom said. "That children would be spared."
Watch her discuss these tragic issues:
Boom, who joined "The 700 Club" co-host and Orphans Promise founder Terry Meeuwsen, fellow regional manager Olga Buznitska, and Orphans Promise director of operations Nataliya Khomyak for the prayer event, explained some of the other heart-breaking situations with which these refugees are faced.
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