On February 24th, 2022, the military forces of the Russian Federation invaded Ukraine. While the world musters support for the Ukrainian people, battles are raging all over the country. Help is coming in all forms; the western world is sending aid, weapons, and money to support the Ukrainian war effort. While not as flashy as some of the other types of aid being provided, interpreters and interpreting services are providing essential support to the Ukrainian people and government.
On-The-Ground Interpreting Services
Europe, and especially Eastern Europe, is currently experiencing one of the worst refugee crises in recent history. According to the UN, upwards of two million people have fled the country into neighboring Romania, Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary. These countries have planned for this crisis, and have already set up refugee camps to deal with the large influx of people fleeing the war. As the refugees arrive, they need different types of language interpreting to help them. Volunteers at the camps and other refugee areas are on the ground directly providing interpreting and translation services. This may not be professional interpreting, but just being able to explain to the refugees what humanitarian services they can obtain, and what their next steps are is a tremendous help. Volunteers can also provide medical interpreting, a critical service that can directly save lives by making sure medical professionals are receiving the most accurate information about their patients. As refugees leave the camps and move into various European cities, they will need legal interpreting services to help them in their adjustment.
Interpreting Services Help Ukraine Spread Its Message
In addition to assisting people on the ground, interpreting services are helping the Ukrainian government spread its message. This is especially true for Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky. Zelenksy has been releasing speeches on a regular basis, both for domestic and international audiences. His speeches to the Ukrainian people are usually simultaneously interpreted into English, so most people in the western world can listen to Zelensky’s speeches and get regular updates from an official source. Simultaneous interpretation also helps on the world stage. In an already famous incident, an interpreter nearly broke down while interpreting Zelensky’s speech to the EU. The interpreter later reported that she was so moved by his words that she broke into tears while interpreting.
The Role of Remote Interpreting
Remote interpreting services are also playing an important role in diplomacy. Many different leaders are meeting and speaking with Zelensky. The professional interpreting that both parties use makes sure that communication is clear and effective, which increases the efficiency of diplomatic talks. The faster diplomatic proceedings occur, the quicker vital aid can be approved and sent to where it’s needed most.
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