Monday, August 11, 2014
Felsted Aid for Deprived Children are organising an additional trip in December as well as our usual October one at the request of Dr P to help the refugees arriving in Chernihiv daily.
This is a news item taken from the BBC News on line.
"Some 25,000 people live in temporary shelters in the south of the Donetsk region "often in very primitive conditions", says Oldrich Andrysek from the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).
"Rebel forces generally do not allow men of fighting age to leave", he says.
The latest figures released by the UN show that in total 117,000 people have fled the fighting and moved to other parts of Ukraine while a further 168,000 have moved to Russia.
Oldrich Andrysek describes many of the shelters in the east, near to the conflict zone, as "rudimentary".
"While people have a door, a roof and a bed, there is often a shortage of mattresses, bed linen and hygiene items," he says.
There has been a sharp rise in the number of people displaced from the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, from 2,600 in early June to 102,600 now.
And although there has been a strong show of solidarity from Ukrainian civil society, the UN is worried about the coming winter.
It says some shelters, like the old factory on the edge of Kiev, will be unsuitable once the temperatures plummet, because they have no heating system.
If you can help in any way we need blankets and bedding, warm adult and children's shoes, snow proof shoes/boots, sanitary items and sadly funding to get it all to Ukraine in our 3 vans and trailers which are capable of carrying 7 tonnes. Please contact us on 01376 332090, 07884 426551 or email us.
Thank you very much.
Alan and Pauline