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Press Release - Ukraine: Aid to the East as War Continues

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Charity continues to send aid to Eastern Ukraine four years since war began

3/04/2018

The international Christian charity Mission Without Borders (MWB) is working to help rebuild lives and provide emergency aid in Ukraine.  It is already four years since conflict broke out on 20th February 2014.

With 2017 described as the deadliest year yet since the conflict began, Mission Without Borders is calling on the public not to forget Ukraine.

3.4 million people require humanitarian assistance and protection, and 10,000 people have been killed since the conflict began - the worst conflict in Europe since the Bosnian war of the 1990s.

In response to UN figures that 1.2 million Ukrainians face food insecurity, this winter, MWB has partnered with a local church, whose volunteers risk their lives daily, to deliver 2,000 food parcels to communities in the conflict zones. The vulnerable are the hardest hit, with many elderly people unable to access their pensions or obtain essential medicine for chronic diseases. As you pass through one village, written on the gates of bombed out buildings and houses are the reminders, 'Children live here', 'People live here.'

"The poor people here," one volunteer said, "are between a rock and a hard place. Last winter, the roads were on fire from shelling. We came to help, but guns were turned on us and we only escaped by turning off our headlights and getting away as fast as we could through the dark."

MWB not only delivers aid to the conflict zones, but over the past four years has supported refugee families who fled west when war broke out through its family sponsorship programme and by organising a summer camp for refugee children, thanks to support from our donors.

Mykola Bohdanets, MWB's National Manager in Ukraine, said: "Ukraine is suffering, but I am sure that without international financial and humanitarian aid, the picture would be so much worse. I think 2018 will be a difficult, maybe even a decisive year for Ukraine, and I would ask and encourage all Christians to keep praying for our country and supporting our nation in any way you can."

MWB's New Zealand Director Andrew Wilks said: "Millions of Ukrainians living in the east of the country are still living in fear and the country's economy is crippled. However, our Ukrainian team on the ground are uniquely placed to respond to humanitarian needs in the conflict zones due to the close relationships they have developed with the local church and we ask that you support them now more than ever."

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Note to editors:

Since fighting broke out in 2014, Mission Without Borders has been doing or sending the following:

  • 6,000 Operation Christmas Love parcels (the parcels contain basic food provisions, helping struggling families to survive winter, and Christian literature)
  • 20 tons of roofing materials
  • 20,000 Bibles for local churches to distribute
  • Truckloads of household items, warm clothing and bottled water
  • Helping families re-build their homes through family sponsorship
  • Sending refugee children to summer camp
  • Offering emotional, spiritual and support to refugees

Last year's inflation reached 16.4%, and the 2018 forecast is 12%. Inflation is highest and most keenly felt by ordinary people in the conflict zones. Consumer prices, medicine and utility costs are constantly rising.