NBC News reporter interrupted by Ukrainian child during live filming in refugee camp – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

NBC News reporter Ellison Barber was briefly interrupted by an adorable Ukrainian child while filming a segment about life in refugee camps.

Barber – who is on location in Poland – was reporting on the current Russian invasion of Ukraine. His Sunday tune-up The segment highlighted the 1.5 million refugees who left loved ones behind after fleeing to neighboring countries like Poland, Hungary and Romania for safety.

“We spoke to some people here today who told us that they left now because they were really trying to wait until the very last minute,” Barber said in a clip that also aired on MSNBC. “They didn’t want to go.”

She explained: “But then when they were talking to their family members, friends outside of Ukraine, they convinced them to take their children and come to a safe place in Poland until so they can get in.”

The camera then pans to refugees gathering necessities in tents. There were also boxes full of food and other supplies on the floor. Barber said the Polish government organized some of the aid, but many volunteers are responsible for helping refugees.

As she reported what the Polish government was asking volunteers to send, a young girl entered the camera frame. “He’s a friend of ours who we played football with all morning,” Barber explained after patting the kid’s head.

The child threw the ball in the air several times and smiled at the camera.

As Barber continued to walk with the girl in the camp, she added: “Try to find organized groups, volunteer helpers and send money that way because they are trying at this point not only to have a immediate insight into things, but sort of having a more organized and structured approach to where things are going from here.

Barber gestured to the child and explained that many families, including women and children, were seeking help in the camps and “desperate to be able to return home”.

When the young girl was shown for the last time, MSNBC’s Chris Jansing said, “In the midst of this desperation, it’s joyful to see a child who is smiling and having at least a little fun.”

Jansing told Barber, “I’ll let you go home and play some more football.”

Barber posted the video of the adorable interaction on Twitter and called it, “the best interruption of a live shot I’ve ever had.”

“And play more football, we did!” Barber subtitles a follow-up Tweeter of her playing with the child.

She said, “I don’t meet victims of war – I meet survivors.”

Besides Poland, other European countries such as Hungary, Moldova, Romania and Slovakia have been welcome Ukrainian refugees.

Ukrainians are fleeing increased violence in the region as Russian troops attempt to take control of the capital kyiv. Multiple airstrikes were launched on Ukraine and some of those who did not leave the country were forced to retreat underground for safety.

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