(Vienna, March 18, 2022) – Vital resources such as water have long been lacking in eastern Ukraine. With the start of the war, the situation worsened considerably. Countless water pipes have been damaged by the fighting. It is almost impossible to repair them – the danger of constant shelling is too great. Meanwhile, many places in eastern Ukraine have been completely cut off from the water supply.
“In addition to the ongoing danger of attacks, Ukrainian civilians have to contend with increasingly scarce vital resources. Water has become a highly contested commodity. People are dehydrated, they have to collect rainwater or resort to melting snow,” explains Andrea Barschdorf-Hager, executive director of CARE Austria.
CARE’s partner organization “People in Need” sent a truck loaded with cans of water directly from the Czech Republic. Other trucks will follow shortly. In many parts of the country there are wells with water, but almost no possibility of storing water. Therefore, containers are provided to store water from underground wells and reservoirs. In places where there are no local water sources, water bottles are distributed or water tankers are sent.
Seven trains carrying food, hygiene items, sleeping bags, mattresses and medical aid have already arrived in the city of Dnipro. Other relief supplies were transported in trucks to Kharkiv, the Donetsk region and other places in the east. As soon as the humanitarian corridor opens, relief supplies will be flown to the beleaguered port city of Mariupol.
CARE and “People in Need” are providing dozens of collective shelters in the west with blankets, sleeping bags, mattresses, cooking utensils, stoves, pots, food, baby food and hygiene kits. A psychosocial counseling center has also been created. Thanks to it, the persons concerned can speak to specialized personnel. A mobile advisory team is also available to visit remote sites, for example.
“Many people in the collective shelters have experienced significant trauma. They were forced to hide from the attacks. They said goodbye to loved ones or witnessed the violence and suffering that goes with it,” Barschdorf-Hager said.
CARE in Ukraine: CARE is supporting its local partner organization “People in Need” by providing warm and safe spaces for refugees at border crossings, as well as sending sustainable food, sleeping bags, nappies and other supplies essential in Ukraine.
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CARE junior press officer