UN humanitarian aid convoy arrives in Sievierodonetsk in eastern Ukraine – Global issues
Infrastructure damage from the shelling has left thousands of people in residential buildings across eastern Ukraine without electricity or gas for cooking and heating in their homes, or with adequate access to water. clean, which has been cut since the end of March.
While millions have fled #UkraineSome of the most vulnerable are still there.
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And in the face of constant Russian shelling, the people of Sievierodonetsk are not only severely limited in their access to basic necessities, but are also forbidden to evacuate safely.
“Today we are in Sievierodonetsk, where fighting is ongoing and civilians in the city are in urgent need of assistance,” said UN Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator Markus Werne.
Step in, help
Inter-agency convoy of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World food program (WFP) – and INGO People in Need – delivered rations of lifesaving food, flour, plastic sheets and blankets to about 17,000 people, as well as four generators for use by the local hospital.
The humanitarian convoy was supported by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), through a notification system agreed upon with both parties to the conflict.
“The UN and its humanitarian partners have provided ready meals, canned goods, flour and essential relief items such as blankets, mattresses, solar lights and other household items,” said Werne. .
Relief will be provided to those most in need through the Ukrainian Red Cross – and deliveries will also be made to vulnerable people in their homes or bunkers around Sievierodonetsk.
The Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator also stressed that, “we will continue to deliver goods here and to cities across Ukraine but what we are asking is to protect civilians and keep reaching out.”
More than 12 million rods
Meanwhile, United Nations Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq told journalists at a regular press conference that although the fourth inter-agency convoy brought much-needed relief to the people of Sievierodonetsk, it was only a small percentage of what is really needed today in Ukraine.
“More than 12 million people need humanitarian aid, while insecurity and lack of access are seriously affecting the ability of humanitarian organizations to operate,” he assessed.
And acts of hostility also continue to push thousands of people out of their homes every day.
The UN spokesman cited IOM’s Second Internal Displacement Report saying that more than 7.1 million people have been internally displaced since Russia invaded Ukraine.
He commented: “This is up 10% since the last survey was published on March 16 and adds to the more than 4.2 million people who have crossed borders in search of safety in other countries. “.
“In total, 11.3 million people have been uprooted since the beginning of the war in Ukraine.”
$610 million so far
In terms of funding, humanitarian organizations have now received nearly $610 million for their activities, about 54% of the $1.1 billion requested in A quick humanitarian appeal.
Mr. Haq added: “With the number of people in need increasing daily, the UN and our partners are revising the call to ensure that lifesaving operations can continue to meet daily needs. increasing.