UKRAINE EMERGENCY APPEAL
Support injured and disabled people affected by the conflict in Ukraine
THE SITUATION IN UKRAINE IS TRULY HEARTBREAKING.
Iintense heavy bombing has been devastating towns and cities in Ukraine, killing more than 780 innocent people and injuring more than 1,252. The real figures are likely to be much higher and, as the death toll climbs, so does the number of wounded.
It is estimated that over 12 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.
1.9 million people have been forced to evacuate their homes and seek shelter, cramming into schools and other public buildings in the hope that they will be safe. In just three weeks, over 3 million people have fled across the border into neighbouring countries.
A woman with a child walks in front of a damaged residential building in a suburb of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, where a military shell hit, on February 25, 2022. © Daniel LEAL / AFP
HI's EMERGENCY TEAM IS TAKING ACTION
We have deployed a team of emergency experts to Ukraine and neighbouring countries to assess the humanitarian situation.
Our staff are working tirelessly to ready the first phases of our emergency response. Our teams of experts are present on the borders of Moldova and in multiple regions throughout Ukraine.
Our priority is to help the most vulnerable people affected by the conflict, including injured people, people with disabilities, older people and those with chronic illnesses.
Our activities include:
- Emergency rehabilitation care
- Distribution of assistive devices such as wheelchairs, canes and walkers.
- Psychological support for injured and traumatised people.
- Ensuring people with disabilities are included in the wider humanitarian response.
It is vital that we act quickly in the face of such a huge crisis, but we can’t do it without vital emergency funds.
Galaina Mama Gala, 87 years old, crosses the border from Ukraine to Poland. Her friend drove her to the border overnight, where they waited on the checkpoint for 4-6 hours in sub zero temperatures. She has limited mobility and has to use a wheelchair and crutches to move. © Tom Nicholson/HI
Cities across Ukraine have been the target of devastating weapons strikes. Main cities like Kharkiv and the capital, Kyiv, have been subjected to incessant bombing and shelling, causing at least 1,900 civilian casualties, including 726 deaths. These official figures likely do not reflect the actual total of casualties, as many reports still remain unverified.
In Mariupol, in the eastern part of Ukraine, authorities say that between 350,000 and 400,000 residents remain trapped in the city under constant bombing, without sufficient food, water or medical care. Due to a serious lack of secure access, families are unable to evacuate and organisations have faced increasing difficulty delivering vital humanitarian aid to the area. Mariupol alone has announced over 2,500 civilian deaths in recent days, and the numbers are expected to grow as the conflict continues.
Humanity & Inclusion calls for an immediate end to the hostilities, and for the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure from the effects of war. The use of explosive weapons in populated areas must stop. Civilians in Ukraine must have access to humanitarian aid, and their movements must be protected when they flee the conflict.
“Consequences of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas are tragically predictable. Most of the people killed or injured are civilians. Widespread bombing causes complex injuries and psychological trauma. Populations are displaced and vital infrastructure like schools, hospitals, bridges, electricity supply, and clean water supply are destroyed. Contamination by explosive remnants is left behind, and can threaten the population for decades. There is only one solution: To stop the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.”
George Graham, Chief Executive of Humanity & Inclusion UK.
people in need of humanitarian assistance
including 9.7 million children
people facing emergency level of food insecurity
people needing emergency health services in 2021
people displaced by conflict in 2021
"PLEASE DON'T FORGET AFGHANISTAN IN THIS DIFFICULT TIME"
Mohammad Rasool, Base coordinator for HI in Afghanistan.
Mohammad Rasool manages HI's programme in Kandahar and Nimroz provinces where our teams are providing rehabilitation and psychosocial support. In this interview, Mohammad describes the situation on the ground at the moment.
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