HIAS | Serving Romania’s Ukrainian Refugees



Since the beginning of full-scale war in February 2022, more than 130,000 refugees from Ukraine have settled in Romania. SideXSide teamed up with our longtime partners at HIAS to create a short film to share how HIAS Romania continues to help forcibly displaced Ukrainians achieve economic self-sufficiency and mental health support. 

Our story centers around Yiftach Millo, who was born in Israel after his parents left Romania following World War II. Now, after a career working with refugees around the world, he has returned to a place that has loomed so large in his family’s history. It is work that HIAS’ identity — and the personal stories of people like Millo — is especially suited for. 

The short film is a timely highlight of HIAS’ efforts in difficult, yet important, areas of the world. The organization published the video at the top of their website and on digital platforms.

Additional Stills



Gabriel Silverman and Kathryn Carlson


Kathryn Carlson


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