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Fleeing ukrainians arrive in Olkusz, Poland

Fleeing ukrainians arrive in Olkusz, Poland - UKASZ GAGULSKI/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Ukraine Crisis Appeal

Over 10 million people have fled their homes to escape conflict in Ukraine.

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

Over 3.5 million people have fled Ukraine because of the conflict and another 6.5 million are thought to be displaced inside the country. In total, more than 10 million people have been forced to flee their homes in Ukraine, around a quarter of the total population.

Our response

We’re working with local partner organisations in the ACT Alliance, a global faith-based coalition, to offer assistance to people fleeing deadly violence in Ukraine.

Our partner Hungarian Interchurch Aid is supporting shelters for displaced people in western Ukraine as well as providing food, drinks and hygiene kits to people at the border. In the first two weeks of the conflict, Hungarian Interchurch Aid transported nearly 280 tonnes of food and other essentials from Hungary to western Ukraine.

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 €3.5/£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.

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Natalia and her two children are the first family to stay in a shelter supported by HIA

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

Our response

Natalia, and her two children, Danylko, 9, and baby girl Anna, 2 months, are the first family to stay in a shelter supported by our partner Hungarian Interchurch Aid in Lviv, western Ukraine. Anna is also the youngest 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 hasn’t joined them as he 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.

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