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Fleeing Ukrainians arrive in Olkusz, Poland - 28 Feb 2022 - LUKASZ GAGULSKI/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal

Over 5.2 million people have fled their homes as conflict intensifies in Ukraine.

Intense conflict in Ukraine is threatening the lives and livelihoods of civilians across the country.

Since the Russian Federation launched a military offensive against Ukraine on 24 February 2022, over 5.2 million people have fled their homes to escape conflict in Ukraine. At least 2,435 civilians have been killed and 2,946 injured.

This is the fastest growing refugee crisis since World War II.

An additional 7.7 million people have been displaced internally within Ukraine and over 12 million more have been affected in the areas hardest hit by the war. Humanitarian needs are increasing exponentially.

Our response

We’re working with 3 partner organisations in the ACT Alliance:

  • Hungarian Interchurch Aid (HIA) in Ukraine and Hungary
  • the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in Poland
  • Swiss Church Aid (HEKS) in Ukraine, Hungary and Romania, to offer assistance to internally displaced peoples and to refugees

So far, HIA have reached 26,187 people with lifesaving aid, shelter, truckloads of food (345 metric tons), water, sanitation and health support, as well as offering vital information for refugees and internally displaced people.

Through the DEC emergency appeal, Christian Aid has donated £1 million for trauma first aid kits and £1 million for urgently needed medical and pharmaceutical equipment, items and supplies, for Ukraine, through our partner Crown Agents. Our partner is working directly with Ukraine’s Ministry of Health to supply these kits to those caught up in the fighting.

Christian Aid was founded in 1945 by British and Irish churches to help refugees after the Second World War. Back then, we worked with partner churches to alleviate suffering by raising the equivalent of £3 million plus in today’s money.

We supported, equipped and enabled partner churches in mainland Europe to provide what people needed. Nearly 80 years later, we are doing the same.

Act: call on the government to help Ukrainian refugees

You can co-sign a change.org petition being launched by Together With Refugees member, Freedom From Torture. It calls on the government to provide humanitarian support to the people of Ukraine, and asks for urgent concessions on the bill.

Picture of a woman holding a baby, with her son sitting next to her in a church shelter in Ukraine

Natalia, and her two children, are the first family to stay in a shelter supported by HIA in Lviv...Finn Church Aid/Antti Yrjonen

Our response

Natalia, and her two children, Igor, 9, and baby girl Nastia, 2 months, are the first family to stay in a shelter supported by our partner Hungarian Interchurch Aid in Lviv, western Ukraine. Nastia is also the youngest internally displaced person there.

The shelter is in a church building and was established at the very beginning of the war. A priest runs it and says they shelter 150 refugees daily. Some refugees rest for a short time there and some stay longer. Women and children are prioritised so that they don’t need to sleep at overcrowded railway stations

Natalia and her children arrived to Lviv by bus. The family comes from the Kyiv region. Natalia’s husband is in the army.

'Our village was destroyed. There was bombing every day. I feared for my family. I’m afraid for my husband.'

Natalia says she wants peace for her children. She says she wants to stay in Lviv until the end of the war, because the bombings in her home village were incredibly stressful.

'When there was bombing at night, I did not know where to go. We feared that our building would be destroyed. In this shelter, I feel peaceful.'

Pray

Join us as we pray for the people of Ukraine

Dr Justin Thacker, our Just Scripture Advisor, leads us in a prayer for Ukraine.

Christian Aid has called for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine, and urged the UK Government to support humanitarian efforts and welcome vulnerable people fleeing the conflict.

Prayers for Ukraine

Join us in further prayers, written by our Head of Nations and Church Relations, and our Church and Community Manager for Ireland. You can download Welsh translations, and graphic versions, to use in your services and share on social media.

A message from our chief executive Patrick Watt:

'Ukraine is witnessing a terrible humanitarian tragedy. After an eight-year war, thousands of lives have been lost and hundreds of thousands have been displaced. All-out war is putting many more at risk.

'Our message is simple: immediately agree a ceasefire and unequivocally commit to protect civilians and key services. All parties must abide by international humanitarian law.

'The UK Government must also stand ready to support humanitarian efforts, including welcoming vulnerable people fleeing the conflict.'

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If we raise more than our partners need at this time, rest assured your donation will be used to help people facing crisis across the world, from Ethiopia to Afghanistan.