Ukraine – Emergency
Helping the displaced families
In just a few days, many families who had to protect themselves from bombing had to pack their bags and leave everything behind. Long lines of cars waiting to fill up on gas, dozens of people waiting by a bank machine before it announced that it was out of cash, families sheltering in the metro station. The borders with Poland and Moldova have lines of potential refugees’ miles long. An average of 100’000 people per day are crossing the borders.
Terre des hommes (TDH) is present in Ukraine (in Mariupol, Severodonetsk and Kiev) as well as Moldova, Romania and Hungary and has supported and collaborated with local partners in Poland and Slovakia through various regional initiatives. Due to the drastic change in context, we had to make the painful decision to halt our activities in Ukraine as they are situated in the East of the country severely bombed since February 24, and to focus on the protection of the staff. At the same time, we want to use our long-standing experience in the region and our resources to deploy TDH teams on the entry points of the neighbouring countries’ borders or/and the reception centres where mothers and children will need it most. This emergency intervention will directly address humanitarian assistance to beneficiaries, and concomitantly TDH will engage with local actors and the civil society to ensure that local capacity is maintained in the medium and long term.
Terre des Hommes teams in Hungary and Romania were able to make an exploratory mission at the border with Ukraine. The main immediate concern that is being seen in this situation of mass displacement are risks linked to the affected population’s wellbeing and protection. To respond to this dire situation, TDH is implementing an intervention to respond to the immediate protection, psychosocial and health needs of children, youths, mothers, and pregnant women arriving and accommodated at the reception centres of Romania, Moldova and Hungary. A specific attention to the measures related to the COVID-19 epidemic will also be included in the project’ scope as it represents another obstacle in shelters where many people will have to live together in a certain precariousness.