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Humanitarian assistance for eastern Ukraine

18.02.2015 - Article

The Federal Foreign Office is supporting relief projects run by several non-governmental organisations to supply food and winter clothing to the needy population in eastern Ukraine.

Winter in eastern Ukraine: distributing food to internally displaced persons
Winter in eastern Ukraine: distributing food to internally displaced persons© Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund

The fighting particularly in eastern Ukraine has inflicted great suffering on the people there. The Federal Foreign Office is supporting relief projects run by the United Nations and several non-governmental organisations to supply food and winter clothing to the needy population in eastern Ukraine. Since the start of the conflict it has made available a total of around 13 million euros for this purpose.

The conflict in eastern Ukraine, which has been going on now for many months, has forced large numbers of people to flee their homes. According to the United Nations, around 1.64 million people have now left the region, of whom around 640,000 have fled to neighbouring countries and one million within Ukraine.

More than one million internally displaced persons

The Workers’ Samaritan Federation cares for internally displaced persons in Kyiv
The Workers’ Samaritan Federation cares for internally displaced persons in Kyiv© Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund

The Ukrainian authorities and the communities and towns taking in the refugees face huge challenges in trying to accommodate them. Many are still living in sanatoriums and holiday accommodation in the vicinity of urban areas which are not built to withstand winter conditions. Some of the refugees have taken the initiative and moved into empty buildings. Providing food and essential supplies is growing increasingly difficult.

With the onset of winter, the humanitarian situation has become even more precarious. Women and children, people with disabilities, the chronically ill and elderly people are particularly vulnerable.

Providing food and winter clothing

The Diakonie hands out food supplies
The Diakonie hands out food supplies© Diakonie

The Federal Foreign Office is providing humanitarian assistance in Ukraine through the United Nations structures as well as via the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. In addition,it is supporting relief projects run by several German non-governmental organisations, including the Workers’ Samaritan Federation, Caritas Germany, the Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe and the German Red Cross.

These assistance measures take the form of food, essential supplies and winter clothing for the internally displaced persons. Basic medical care as well as psychological and legal support are also available.

Since the start of the conflict the Federal Foreign Office has made available a total of around 13 million euros for assistance measures in Ukraine.

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