(Paris, March 3, 2022) The military offensive in Ukraine has driven over one million people, mostly women and children, to flee their homes to neighboring countries*. A number that is increasing day by day. The majority of them have taken refuge in Poland, Moldova, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia in search of safety and assistance. The Ukrainian population, already marked by years of conflict, is now once again in a terrible situation.
Faced with this rapidly evolving situation, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL has sent two teams to assess the needs on site. The first is in Lviv, Ukraine, and the second in Moldova. At this rate, the situation looks set to become Europe’s largest refugee crisis this century, and SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL is mobilizing resources to respond as quickly and effectively as possible.
“SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL is deeply concerned about the fate of these people. They have left everything behind overnight, sometimes within the hour. They find themselves in absolute destitution,” explains Emmanuel Rinck, Director of Operations for SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL.
The objective of these teams is to evaluate the situation, assess the needs of the population, and ensure that access to humanitarian aid is possible; all this in collaboration with the aid actors already present on the ground. While the fighting and bombings continue, the population remaining in Ukraine is already facing many shortages (such as food or gasoline). Thanks to these assessment teams, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL will be able to respond quickly and effectively to the essential needs of the population: food, water, and shelter.
“In such a context, civilians are the first victims. Either they are forced to flee and have nothing left, or they cannot leave and therefore face a huge lack of access to essential services. The protection of human lives, respect for international humanitarian law, and access to aid must be guaranteed by all parties involved in the conflict,” emphasizes Emmanuel Rinck.
Members of the assessment teams on site are available for interviews.
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*Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)